Origin and Growth of the Psalms

Origin and Growth of the Psalms

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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. 1881 edition. Excerpt: ...of our English master Shakspere. Both came just at the same linguistic period; Shakspere, when the purest English born of Saxon and Norman was still undefiled--David when Jewish, born of the patois of the south had not yet been touched by the blight of Aramaic; Shakspere at the opening of the heroic age of England, when Englishmen, weary of being rent asunder by intestine feuds, begin to feel for the first that they are a nation and are just entering on a splendid career of colonization which is to carry their power and language round the world--David, when Israel, weary of the unrest and anarchy of the Judges, feels for the first its nationality and begins its brief period as a foreign power; Shakspere, at the close of a religious reformation which had upturned and reshaped English society--David at the close of the religious reformation under Samuel, which, if rightly understood, would seem more remarkable to us than the Protestant Reformation of Europe. Both came at epochs known in literature as creative, at periods when both their peoples were entering on a new era, when the national life coursed quickest, and the spirits of the people were most buoyant. But even with all the likeness in the surrounding of the two masters, it is in their mind and art we must look for the closest link between them, and when I say this I am aware of the necessary unlikeness of mind between a dramatic and a lyric poet--perhaps the two masters are the nearer together because each so strikingly illustrates this dissimilarity. The dramatist who deals with human passion must know men and human motives, that he may be able to reproduce, in pantomime, the mimic play of life. Never was there one who knew and drew life as surely as did our English master--there...show more

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  • Paperback | 72 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 145g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236572688
  • 9781236572684