The Anglo-Saxon poems of Beowulf, the Scôp or Gleeman's tale, and the fight at Finnesburg

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James Wright, 1855 - 330 pages
 

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Page iii - English power, until we are prepared to read of its final overthrow. 23. THE ANGLO-SAXON CHRONICLE, ACCORDING TO THE SEVERAL ORIGINAL AUTHORITIES. Vol. I., Original Texts. Vol. II., Translation. Edited and translated by BENJAMIN THORPE, Esq., Member of the Royal Academy of Sciences at Munich, and of the Society of Netherlandish Literature at Leyden. 1861. This Chronicle, extending...
Page 84 - ready and fated, bow'd to his domestic couch : they set at their heads their disks of war, their shield-wood bright ; there on the bench was, over the noble, easy to be seen his high martial helm, his ringed byrnie, and war-wood stout.
Page 27 - For his daring / treasures deal. Be thou hastening, / bid them in To my sight, this troop of friends / assembled together ; Say to them eke in words / that they are welcome To the Danish people.
Page 171 - ... mine alone, to strive with his strength against the monster, to perform heroic deeds. With my might I shall gain the gold; or war, a perilous violent death, shall carry off your prince." > Then by his shield the strong warrior arose, stern under his helmet; he bore the battle-corslet under the rocky cliffs; he trusted in the strength of a single man. Such is no coward's venture. Then he, excellent in virtues, who had survived very many combats, wild attacks, when foot-warriors crashed together,...
Page 50 - The fell wretch expected that ere day came he would dissever the life from the body of each, for in him the hope had risen of a gluttonous feast. Yet 'twas not his fate that he might more of the race of men eat after that nighi.
Page 293 - M. sagt: orphanus est lapis, qui in corona romani imperatoris est, neque unquam alibi visus est, propter quod etiam orphanus vocatur. est autem colore quasi vinosus, subtilem habens vinositatem, et hoc est sicut si candidum nivis candens seu micans penetraverit in rubeum...
Page 228 - Eaha, they drew their swords ; and at the other doors, Ordlaf and Guthlaf, and Hengest himself, turn'd on their track.
Page vii - A Translation of the Anglo-Saxon Poem of Beowulf, with a copious Glossary, Preface, and Philological Notes, by John M.
Page viii - With respect to this the oldest heroic poem in any Germanic tongue, my opinion is, that it is not an original production of the Anglo-Saxon muse, but a metrical paraphrase of an heroic Saga composed in the south-west of Sweden, in the old common language of the North, and probably brought to this country during the sway of the Danish dynasty.
Page vii - TWENTY-FOUR years have passed since, while residing in Denmark, I first entertained the design of one day producing an edition of Beowulf; and it was in prosecution of that design that, immediately on my arrival in England in 1830, I carefully collated the text of Thorkelin's edition with the Cottonian manuscript. Fortunately, no doubt, for the work, a series of cares, together with other literary engagements, intervened and arrested my progress. I had, in fact, abandoned every thought of ever resuming...

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