Our fathers have, in process of centuries, provided this realm, its colonies
and wide dependencies, with a speech as malleable
and pliant as Attic, dignified as Latin, masculine,
yet free of Teutonic guttural, capable of being precise as
French, dulcet as Italian, sonorous as Spanish, and
captaining all these excellences to its service. SirArthurThomas known as 'Q' Quiller-Couch The Oxford Book of EnglishVerse, preface.