Sidath Sangarawa; A Grammar of the Singhalese Language

Sidath Sangarawa; A Grammar of the Singhalese Language

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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. 1852 edition. Excerpt: ...beautiful lines, which prove that Knowledge is Power. (?; M g e 8 ea e w oj eoej-5-Rt$-(3 ' Although a person be born of a high caste, and although he may be as handsome as Cupid, and as wise as Indra; if he be ignorant of arts and sciences, he will fail to adorn to be a useful member of society. "And yet, although a person be born in an humble race, and be deformed in person; if he but knows the arts and sciences, even the greatest of monarchs will make offerings unto him. " Remember that kings and pandits are never equal: for whilst the latter always derive benefits offerings from all countries, the former are limited to the narrow confines of their respective states." In 1780 Rajadi Raja Singha, the brother of Kirtissree, ascended the throne. He was the brightest luminary around which clusters of literary stars shed their delightful brilliancy. As in the last glimmer of a torch, when the expiring flame suddenly flashes a bright light and then disappears; so, there now lived a number of literary men, with whose existence ceased all the glory which was attached to the literature of Ceylon. Now lived Sanga Raja, Tibbotuwawe, Dissanayaka, Dunuwilla, Pattdyame Lakam, Karatotta, Salielle, Kiramba, Moratotta, Katuwana Mohandiram, Gal-ettambe, Barana Ganitaya, and Meeripenne--names which cannot but be respected by every lover of his country's literature. Rajadhi Raja Singha, himself a highly literary character, encouraged education, and held out rewards to literary men. He wrote a beautiful poem, the Asadrisajatake; in which, as in several other stanzas, he bears high testimony to the worth of his teacher, Moratotta. The following epistle contains indiihitable evidence of the Royal pupil's merite as a poet: ...show more

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  • Paperback | 122 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 231g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236515692
  • 9781236515698