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BY H. A. TAINE, D.C.L.
TRANSLATED FROM THE FRENCH BY H. VAN LAUM,
One of the Masters at the Edinburgh Academy.
122 NASSAU STREET.
PREFACE TO THE NEW EDITION.
This edition of Taink's HistoRY OF ENGLISH LITERATURF has bee:
carefully revised and compared with the original. All he quotations have been collated and verified anew, and no trouble has been spared to make
it as accurate as possible
For the favorable reception this translation has met with from the press and the public, I feel much indebted
H. VAN LAUN
EDINBURGH, May 31, 1873
Iistorical documents serve only as a clue to reconstruct the visible individual...
The outer man is only a clue to study the inner, invisible man....
general ways of thought and feeling
Chief causes of thoughts and feelings. Their historical effects.
History is a mechanical and psychological problem. Within certain limits man
Production of the results of a primordial cause. Common elements. Composition of
Law of formation of a group. Examples and indications. .....
Tieneral problem and future of history. Psychological method. Value of literature.
Purpose in writing this book...
and a thankless soil-Ináuence of climate on character.
II. Their bodily structure-Food-Manners_Uncultivated instincts, German and Eng-
III Noble instincts in Germany-The individual—The family-The state-Religion
--The Edda-Tragi-heroic conception of the world and of mankind..
poem of Beowulf-Barbarian society and the barbarian hero...
Pagan poems--Kind and force of sentiments-Bent of mind and speech--Force of
impression ; harshness of expression..
VI. Christian poems-Wherein the Saxons are predisposed to Christianity-How
converted— Their view of Christianity-Hymns of Cædmon-Funeral hymn
-Poem of Judith--Paraphrase of the Bible......
conquest-Bede, Alcuin, Alfred-Translations--Chronicles--Compilations--
-Alcuin--Latin verse-Poetic dialogues—Bad taste of the Latin writers...
VIII. Contrast of German and Latin races-Character of the Saxon race-Its endurance