"Do you remember Hawkins Browne
's 'Address to Tobacco,' in imitation of Pope?--
It happened to be a small and very lovely edition of Sir Thomas Browne, containing the "Urn Burial," the "Hydriotaphia," and the "Garden of Cyrus," and, opening it at a passage which he knew very nearly by heart, Denham began to read and, for some time, continued to read.
At length Denham shut the book, and stood, with his back to the fireplace, occasionally making an inarticulate humming sound which seemed to refer to Sir Thomas Browne. He put his hat on his head, and stood over Rodney, who still lay stretched back in his chair, with his toes within the fender.
Two days later he was much surprised to find a thin parcel on his breakfastplate, which, on being opened, revealed the very copy of Sir Thomas Browne which he had studied so intently in Rodney's rooms.
Browne had the kindness to ask me to stay the ensuing day, which I had much pleasure in doing.
Browne shot one: certainly it is a most extraordinary animal; a stuffed specimen does not at all give a good idea of the appearance of the head and beak when fresh; the latter becoming hard and contracted.
In Drummond appears the influence of Spenser, which was strong on many poets of the period, especially on some, like William Browne
, who continued the pastoral form.
He had formed a style for himself by a close imitation of Sir Thomas Browne
; he used elaborate sentences, carefully balanced, and obsolete, resplendent words: it gave his writing an appearance of individuality.
Run over a few: --The Authors of the Bible; Aristotle; Pliny; Aldrovandi; Sir Thomas Browne
; Gesner; Ray; Linnaeus; Rondeletius; Willoughby; Green; Artedi; Sibbald; Brisson; Marten; Lacepede; Bonneterre; Desmarest; Baron Cuvier; Frederick Cuvier; John Hunter; Owen; Scoresby; Beale; Bennett; J.
For an instant she saw herself in her drawing-room in Browne
Street with a Plato open on her knees--Plato in the original Greek.
But he would never lose sight of her: he would watch over her--if he gave up everything else in life he would watch over her, and she should know that she had one slave in the world, Will had--to use Sir Thomas Browne
's phrase-- a "passionate prodigality" of statement both to himself and others.
It must have been soon after the completion of 'Omoo' that Melville began to study the writings of Sir Thomas Browne
. Heretofore our author's style was rough in places, but marvellously simple and direct.