Specimens of the Later English Poets, Vol. 1 of 3: With Preliminary Notices (Classic Reprint)
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III. The early history of poetry, in every na tion of modern Europe is the same; the Monks wrote hymns and legends, while war-songs were composed for the Chieftains and Soldiers, who were as yet only half converted. It is idle to look for the origin in any particular place. Wherever language is found, verse of some kind or other is found also. Wherever any of the Gothick, or any of the Romance languages was spoken; that is, in every country of modern Europe, except the Slavoniek eon fines of barbarism which have never yet been civilized, the institutions, manners, and pursuits of the people were alike, and the same species of poetry was cultivated at the same time'; and this similarity continued till the different nations had acquired each its peculiar chao tactor. Similar states of intellect produce si milar customs; our ancestors tattooed them selves; scalping was a Gothick punishment.
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