Pseudodoxia Epidemica:
Into very many Received
And commonly presumed

By Thomas Brown Knight, M. D.
Based on The Sixth and Last Edition of 1672

Thomas Brown’s Vulgar Errors treats the opposite of orthodoxy, pseudodoxy. An intelligent and readable presentation of an amusing classic.

Sonnets from the Portuguese

I THOUGHT once how Theocritus had sung	 	
  Of the sweet years, the dear and wish’d-for years,	 	
  Who each one in a gracious hand appears	 	
To bear a gift for mortals old or young:	 	
And, as I mused it in his antique tongue,	
  I saw in gradual vision through my tears	 	
  The sweet, sad years, the melancholy years—	 	
Those of my own life, who by turns had flung	 	
A shadow across me. Straightway I was ’ware,	 	
  So weeping, how a mystic Shape did move	
Behind me, and drew me backward by the hair;	 	
  And a voice said in mastery, while I strove,	 	
‘Guess now who holds thee?’—‘Death,’ I said. But there	 	
  The silver answer rang—‘Not Death, but Love.’
Elizabeth Barrett Browning [1806–1861]