The Literary Digest Volume 8

The Literary Digest Volume 8

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1894 edition. Excerpt: ... difficult task of assigning each hymn its proper author, and has succeeded in correcting many traditional mistakes on this point. He has also found the original text of some of the most celebrated of these hymns, a text toe often wretchedly altered by modern versifiers, who have been less expert than well-intentioned. After the Tenth Century, the production of hymns was much smaller. Nevertheless, to the Twelfth Century belong the famous Adam de Saint Victor and the hymns of Abelard, while in the Thirteenth Century must be placed the composition of the "Dies Itec, " assuredly one of the most beautiful of these liturgical compositions.--Revue Historique, Paris, January--February. THE BEATRICE OF DANTE. THERE are those who claim that the real name of the lady whom Dante loved so dearly was not Beatrice, but that he called her by that name, partly because he did not care to disclose to the world her real name, and partly because he wished to indicate the happiness which her presence brought always to himself and others. This notion seems to me positively disproved by two sonnets in Dante's "Vita Nuova." In these sonnets, addressed to his intimate friend Guido Cavalcanti, Dante says that he has seen the lady Vanna and the lady Bice, both lovely in their persons; but wishing to distinguish their beauty and charms he named the lady V a n n a, Spring, and the lady Bice, Love. It is well established that the lady Vanna was of the family of the Cavalcanti, and that her real name was Vanna. It is further shown clearly from the context that the lady called. Bice was she who was the idol of Dante's thoughts, and the inspirer of his poetry. Bice is, in Italian, the ordinary diminutive of Beatrice. It is improbable that if he more

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