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Two treatises on the Hierarchies of Dionysius

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In some respects time has not yet done justice to the memory of Dean Colet. With the present year three centuries and a half will be completed since he passed to his rest ; and though the recollection of him has never faded away during that long interval, it has been but a faint and shadowy recollection. Men have seen him, not by his own light, but as reflected by Erasmus. As the founder of St. Paul’s School, indeed, wise in his enactments, no less than liberal in his endowment, he has always been held in honor by some in each generation; themselves, too, neither few nor undistinguished. But whilst one and another of his contemporaries have enjoyed a European reputation, his fame has been considered to be only local. Those who knew enough of his history to describe him as the friend of Erasmus, doubtless meant by that term one whom Erasmus honored with his friendship. They dreamt not that his words were not yet ended ; that written, if not spoken, they would still be listened to ; and that by those words chiefly, as the direct expression of his mind, his place must be finally awarded him among the thinkers of his time.

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Learn about Two treatises on the Hierarchies of Dionysius :

In some respects time has not yet done justice to the memory of Dean Colet. With the present year three centuries and a half will be completed since he passed to his rest ; and though the recollection of him has never faded away during that long interval, it has been but a faint and shadowy recollection. Men have seen him, not by his own light, but as reflected by Erasmus. As the founder of St. Paul’s School, indeed, wise in his enactments, no less than liberal in his endowment, he has always been held in honor by some in each generation; themselves, too, neither few nor undistinguished. But whilst one and another of his contemporaries have enjoyed a European reputation, his fame has been considered to be only local. Those who knew enough of his history to describe him as the friend of Erasmus, doubtless meant by that term one whom Erasmus honored with his friendship. They dreamt not that his words were not yet ended ; that written, if not spoken, they would still be listened to ; and that by those words chiefly, as the direct expression of his mind, his place must be finally awarded him among the thinkers of his time.

This comparative obscurity has been the result of several causes, chief among which I would mention the peculiar circumstances attending his biography, and the seclusion of his writings.

 

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