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2 Maccabees 2:30

“To stand vpon euery point, and goe ouer things at large, and to be curious in particulars, belongeth to the first authour of the storie.”

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2 Maccabees 2:30

27. Euen as it is no ease vnto him, that prepareth a banquet, and seeketh the benefit of others: yet for the pleasuring of many we will vndertake gladly this great paines: 28. Leauing to the authour the exact handling of euery particular, and labouring to follow the rules of an abridgement. 29. For as the master builder of a new house, must care for the whole building: but hee that vndertaketh to set it out, and paint it, must seeke out fit things for the adorning thereof: euen so I thinke it is with vs. 30. To stand vpon euery point, and goe ouer things at large, and to be curious in particulars, belongeth to the first authour of the storie. 31. But to vse breuitie, and auoyde much labouring of the worke, is to bee granted to him that will make an abridgement. 32. Here then will we begin the story: onely adding thus much to that which hath bene said, That it is a foolish thing to make a long prologue, and to be short in the story it selfe.

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