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 Rota Romana.Rothschild [Red Shield]. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
To learn by rote is to learn by turning words round and round in the memory as a wheel. To “learn by heart” is to learn thoroughly (French, apprendre par cœur). Shakespeare speaks of the “heart of loss,” meaning entire loss, and to love with “all our heart” is to love thoroughly. (Latin, rota, a wheel.)   1
“Take hackney’d jokes from Milier got by rote.”
Byron: English Bards, etc.

 Rota Romana.Rothschild [Red Shield]. 


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