A Comparative Grammar of the Anglo-Saxon Language: In which Its Forms are Illustrated by Those of the Sanskrit, Greek, Latin, Gothic, Old Saxon, Old Friesic, Old Norse, and Old High-German

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Harper & brothers, 1877 - Anglo-Saxon language - 253 pages
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Page 146 - Some verbs of asking and teaching may have two accusatives, one of a, person and the other of a thing.
Page 225 - Metre is an artificial rule with modulation ; rhythmus is the modulation without the rule. Yet, for the most part, you may find, by a sort of chance, some rule in rhythm ; but this is not from an artificial government of the syllables. It arises because the sound and the modulation lead to it. The vulgar poets effect this rustically ; the skilful obtain it by their skill.
Page 60 - The weak form is used when the adjective is preceded by the definite article, or by a demonstrative or possessive pronoun, or personal pronoun in the genitive, always with comparatives, often with vocatives, instrumentals, and genitives, 362.
Page 228 - They went then till they came to the Delectable Mountains ; which mountains belong to the Lord of that hill, of which we have spoken before : so they went up to the mountains to behold the gardens and orchards, the vineyards, and fountains of water ; where also they drank and washed themselves, and did freely eat of the vineyards. Now there were on the tops of these mountains, shepherds feeding their flocks, and they stood by the highway side.
Page 228 - In a somer seson • whan soft was the sonne, I shope me in shroudes • as I a shepe were, In habite as an heremite • vnholy of workes, Went wyde in this world • wondres to here.
Page 225 - It, is a modulated composition of words, not according to the laws of metre, but adapted in the number of its syllables to the judgment of the ear, as are the verses of our vulgar (or native) poets.
Page 223 - The repetition of the same letter or sound at the beginning of two or more words in close or immediate succession; the recurrence of the same initial sound in the first accented syllables of words; initial rime: as, many men, many minds.
Page 217 - ... the garden, which is really very fine, with terraces, like an old French garden. Part of the old castle and the archway remains. At twelve o'clock we had prayers in the drawing-room, which were read by a young clergyman, who preached a good sermon. It poured the whole afternoon, and, after writing, I read to Albert the three first cantos of The Lay of the Last Minstrel) which delighted us both, and then we looked over some curious fine old prints by Ridinger.
Page 210 - A compellative is put in the vocative, 289. ACCUSATIVE CASE. Objective Combinations. V. The direct object of a verb is put in the accusative, 290. VI.
Page 36 - We take inanimate things in the lump ; hence neuters tend to use no plural sign, or to use an ending like the feminine singular, as an abstract or collective form : Greek, Latin, -a, Anglo-Saxon -u, etc. Latin neuters plural frequently become feminine singular in the Romance languages ; Greek neuters plural take a singular verb.

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