Illustrations of Anglo-Saxon Poetry

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Harding and Lepard, 1826 - 286 pages

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Page xxxi - Remove their swelling epithets thick laid As varnish on a harlot's cheek, the rest, Thin sown with aught of profit or delight, Will far be found unworthy to compare With Sion's songs, to all true tastes excelling, Where God is praised aright, and Godlike men, The Holiest of Holies, and his saints; Such are from God inspired, not such from thee; Unless where moral virtue is expressed By light of nature not in all quite lost.
Page viii - Influenced by the desire of reducing every thing to some classical standard, — a prejudice not uncommon in the age in which he wrote, — he endeavours, with greater zeal than success, to show that the writers whom he was recommending to the world, observed the legitimate rules of Latin prosody, and measured their feet by syllabic quantity.
Page 186 - Caedmon," says SHARON TURNER, " we are reminded of Milton, — of a ' Paradise Lost ' in rude miniature." Conybeare advances, " The pride, rebellion, and punishments of Satan and his princes have a resemblance to Milton so remarkable, that much of this portion might be almost literally translated by a cento of lines from the great poet."^ A recent Saxonist, in noticing " the creation of Credmon as beautiful," adds, " It is still more interesting from its singular correspondence, even in expression,...
Page lxxv - IN december, when the dayes draw to be short, After november, when the nights wax noysome and long; As I past by a place privily at a port, I saw one sit by himself making a song : His last * talk of trifles, who told with his tongue That few were fast i' th
Page 223 - So heav'n's high Lord each gift of strength or sense Vouchsafes to man, impartial, to dispense. And of the power that from his Spirit flows On each a share, on none the whole bestows. Lest favoured thus beyond their mortal state, Their pride involve them in the sinner's fate.
Page 222 - Heaven's righteous laws to scan, Or trace the courses of the starry host, To these the writer's learned toil to plan, To these the battle's pride and victor's boast; Where in the well-fought field the war-troop pour Full on the wall of shields the arrows flickering shower.
Page 273 - There thou shalt dwell, and worms shall share thee. Thus thou art laid, and leavest thy friends. Thou hast no friend that will come to thee, who will ever inquire how that house liketh thee, who shall ever open for thee the door, and seek thee, for soon thou becomest loathly and hateful to look...
Page xi - Saxon poetry deserves to be quoted ; he thinks it belongs to the trochaic or dactylic species. It is to a metre of this kind, in which emphasis holds the place of quantity, that I would refer the verses of the Anglo-Saxons. They will be found to consist, for the most part, of feet of two or three syllables, each having the emphasis on the first, and analogous therefore to the trochee or dactyl, sometimes perhaps to the spondee of classic metre.
Page 202 - The voice of my beloved! behold, he cometh leaping upon the mountains, skipping upon the hills. My beloved is like a roe or a young hart: behold, he standeth behind our wall, he looketh forth at the windows, shewing himself through the lattice.
Page 266 - ... moventem connectens animam per consona membra resolvis. quae cum secta duos motum glomeravit in orbes, in semet reditura meat, mentemque profundam circuit, et simili convertit imagine caelum.

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