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THE

BE A UTIES

OF THE

WITH A FEW

INTRODUCTORY OBSERVATIONS

By the Reb. George Crely.

BOSTON:
PHILLIPS, SAMPSON, AND COMPANY.

1857.

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INTRODUCTORY OBSERVATIONS.

ENGLISH POETRY constitutes one of the most brilliant portions of the intellectual history of Modern Europe. The era of English Poetry commences with the Norman Privasion. Anglo-Saxon Poems had existed; but their

extinguished them in the presence of a superior dialect and a more fortunate time. The few that remain, are inerely memorials of some barbarian event, or harsh attempts to throw some superstitious fable into metre. The violence of the Norman Conquest, that shook the laws and institutions of England, also shook the language. But here the violence was more than compensated by the novelty, richness, and vigour of the results. The poetical soil was ploughed roughly; but, in the act, its native fertility was put in motion

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