Transactions of the Philological Society Volume 1

Transactions of the Philological Society Volume 1

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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. 1854 edition. Excerpt: ...which unites to the fiery fancy of the tropics the noblest passions and the deepest and.most delicate feelings of the heart. Almost every year he made the negroes of the Propaganda recite poetry in the language of Angola, of Caffraria, of Congo, of the Ambezes, and of Zanguebar; while for others, chiefly Peguans and Cochin-Chinese, with their Birman and Talapoin, or sacred language, he composed also most animated verses in the monosyllabic Javanese and Bugis, Tagala and Balta languages, with the other Malay tongues of the Indian and Chinese Archipelago. And as these nations, being clownish, rude, and illiterate, have no books, the Cardinal adapted the metres and arranged the ideas according to the genius of those curt and abrupt languages, on the model of those popular songs which the Jesuit missionaries, after their long and painful toil to humanize, civilize, and regenerate these rude, and often ferine nations, have brought to the Western world. With the same ingenuity, and with native elegance, he made us enjoy the Finnish chants of the Samoiedes, of the Laplanders, and of many of the wandering Siberian tribes between Tobolsk and the last eastern spur of Kamtschatka, as also the poetry of the Manchoo Tartars, the Mongols, the Pandours, the Cossacks, the Turkomans, the Usbeks, and other nations around the Caspian and the Ural. "The poetry of all languages is that portion of them which is most exquisite, sweet, strong, noble, and expressive; hence it is plain and evident that Cardinal Mezzofanti must have been master of all the genius of all these languages, their "Indi quasi ogni anno ai negri di Propaganda facea recitare poesie in lingua d' Angola, della Cafreria, del Congo, degli Ambezes e del Zanguebar; come ad altri, more

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  • English
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  • 1236487397
  • 9781236487391