Lectures. 1st

Lectures. 1st

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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. 1893 edition. Excerpt: ...and, I may add, in the English of the Bible. Of course an Englishman's half-instinctive appreciation of his own language will enable him to unfold the general drift of a writer. A perusal of translations and a judicious use of classical dictionaries will enable a man to detect the more obvious literary references, but apart from the studies which I have indicated, a man must miss much, not only in reference to the.source of ideas, but in reference to the subtle suggestiveness of words, and the remote allusiveness of phrase and diction. In confirmation of what I say I need only refer you to lectures to which yon must yourselves have listened on such learned writers as Spenser, Hooker, Milton, Gray, Burke, and Tennyson. One might, if necessary, go further back for an illustration. Dante, that wonderful writer in whose pages we have the concentrated essence of the mediaeval civilization, is unintelligible apart from Aristotle and Christian theology--that theology itself being modified by Greek influences, while again the organization of the Church is unintelligible apart from the history of Rome. Or, again, that the spiritual and secular influences of Greece and Rome determined the ideas and moulded the organization of kingdoms through centuries is evident in tho history of the Holy Roman Empire, whioh has fitly been written by one who is at the same time a scholar, a lawyer and a politician. We may point also, by way both of illustration and confirmation, to the continuous loyalty of the Church to Aristotle. For it must be borne in mind that the power of the Church has been not spiritual only. She has helped to wield the destinies of the world. Even now the Pope issues Encyclicals which are not without effect on political and social questions. The...show more

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  • Paperback | 48 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 104g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236556844
  • 9781236556844