Excerpt from A Journal of Summer Time in the Country
Johnson, in his Scottish tour, uses an awful word to express the blending and decay of objects in the mind’ Many particular features and discrimina tions are confused and conglobated into one gross and general idea. The landscape of thought is not less shifting and changeable than that of nature. Both may be fixed or revived. A few scratches - a word of commentary or abridgment - will often serve to raise a remembrance of the beauty they represent and even to recall the colouring and light of the original view or description. An early He brew custom appears to be the journal in an alle gory. After the destruction of Jerusalem, when a Jew had passed the examination of his teacher, he took a raised seat, and a writing-tablet was put before him, to signify that he ought to record his acquisi tions, and not suffer them to fade away unimproved.
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