Excerpt from Sir Thomas Browne, an Appreciation: With Some of the Best Passages
English classic. And the urn-burz'zzl, the Christian Mardls, and the Leh'er to a Friend are all quite worthy to take their stand beside the Religioi Medici. Sir Thomas Browne made several other contributions to English litera ture besides these masterpieces; but it is on the Religio Medici, and on what Sir Thomas himself calls other pieces of affinity thereto,' that his sure fame as a writer of noble truth and stately English most securely rests. Sir Thomas Browne was a physician of high stand ing and large practice all his days; and he was an antiquarian and scientific writer of the foremost information and authority: but it is the extraordinary depth and riches and imagina tive sweep of his mind, and his rare wisdom and Wealth of heart, and his quite wonderful English style, that have all combined together.
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