The Development of English Literature; The Old English Period

The Development of English Literature; The Old English Period

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1883 edition. Excerpt: ...religious feeling in the popular mind which was so prevalent down to the days of the Venerable Beda." The pagan hymns became less frequent. The strong light of his bright song dimmed their last rays. Expressions so forcible and verses so harmonious laid strong hold upon the popular thinking. The man singing so beautifully must have been inspired by Heaven. So thought the people. And some among them had a dim recollection of a great poet who had been first a shepherd, and, having learned how to sing in a dream, remembered what he had composed in his sleep, sang it next day and continued to sing beautiful things till death. It mattered little to them about the name; but among them was a poet who must have learned after some such manner. Let us recall the earlier myth. It is related of Hallbiorn that he was a shepherd lad who watched his flock near by the grave of the poet Thorleifr. One day he took it in his head to sing a hymn of praise in honor of the poet; "but," we are told, "because the lad was entirely uneducated, he was unable to carry out his pious design. Then, one night did the hillock open up, and a stately man walked up to the shepherd, touched his tongue, repeated a verse aloud for him, and returned to his grave. When Hallbiorn awoke he remembered the verse which he had heard, and from that day forth became a celebrated poet."' Thus it was that Cedmon had come to be regarded as a divinely inspired shepherd.' 'Alfred's translation of Beda. " Unde mox abbatissa amplexata gratium Dei in viro, saecularum ilium habitum relinquere, et monachicum suscipere proposition docuit." Hist. Ecd., lib. iv., cap. 24. 1 Rhythms, ii., p. 241. 8 Ecclesiastical History, b. iv., ch. 24. 3 Wright, Essay on Anglo-Saxon...show more

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  • Paperback | 60 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 127g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236488245
  • 9781236488244