"Now as our Feet in vain venture to walk upon the River, till the Frost bind the Current, and harden the yielding Surface; so does the SOUL in vain seek to exert its higher Powers, the Powers I mean of REASON and INTELLECT, till IMAGINATION first fix the fluency of SENSE, and thus provide a proper Basis for the support of its higher Energies"
— Harris, James (1709-1780)
Text from Hermes or a Philosophical Inqviry Concerning Universal Grammar by Iames Harris Esq. The Third Edition Revised and Corrected. (London: Printed for J. Nourse and P. Vailon, 1771). <Link to ESTC>