Recall the august yet harmonious lineaments, the Grecian neck and bust; let the round and dazzling arm be visible, and the delicate hand; omit
neither diamond ring nor gold bracelet; portray faithfully the attire, aerial lace and glistening satin, graceful scarf and golden rose; call it 'Blanche, an accomplished lady of rank.
Fitzurse arose while Prince John spoke, and gliding behind the seat of the Saxon, whispered to him not to omit
the opportunity of putting an end to unkindness betwixt the two races, by naming Prince John.
But the whole scene of this voyage made so strong an impression on my mind, and is so deeply fixed in my memory, that, in committing it to paper I did not omit
one material circumstance: however, upon a strict review, I blotted out several passages.
Nor is it to be supposed from this that they are to omit
commending themselves to God, for there will be time and opportunity for doing so while they are engaged in their task.
Besides, fictitious narratives lead us to imagine the possibility of many events that are impossible; and even the most faithful histories, if they do not wholly misrepresent matters, or exaggerate their importance to render the account of them more worthy of perusal, omit
, at least, almost always the meanest and least striking of the attendant circumstances; hence it happens that the remainder does not represent the truth, and that such as regulate their conduct by examples drawn from this source, are apt to fall into the extravagances of the knight-errants of romance, and to entertain projects that exceed their powers.
By way of answer to this, it has been triumphantly asked, Why not in the first instance omit
that ambiguous power, and rely upon the latter resource?