Serviceable sentences, 14/10,000

As a good housewife out of divers fleeces weaves one piece of cloth, a bee gathers wax and honey out of many flowers, and makes a new bundle of all, Floriferis ut apes in saltibus omnia libant, I have laboriously collected this cento out of divers writers, and that sine injuria, I have wronged no authors, but given every man his own; which Hierome so much commends in Nepotian, he stole not whole verses, pages, tracts, as some do nowadays, concealing their authors’ names, but still said this was Cyprian‘s, that Lactantius‘, that Hilarius‘, so said Minucius Felix, so Victorinus, thus far Arnobius: I cite and quote mine authors (which, howsoever some illiterate scribblers account pedantical as a cloak of ignorance, and opposite to their affected fine style, I must and will use) sumpsi, non surripui; and what Varrolib. 3 de re rust., speaks of bees, minime maleficae nullius opus vellicantes faciunt deterius, I can say of myself, Whom have I injured?
Robert Burton, “Democritus Junior to the Reader,” The Anatomy of Melancholy (1638/1651)

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