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Page iii - The great prerogative of Scandinavia, and what ought to recommend its inhabitants beyond every people upon earth, is, that they afforded the great resource to the liberty of Europe, that is, to almost all the liberty that is among men. The Goth Jornandes calls the north of Europe the forge of mankind. I should rather call it, the forge of those instruments which broke the fetters manufactured in the south.
Page iv - Not only in the number of words, but in their peculiar character and importance, as well as their influence on grammatical forms, it must be universally acknowledged that Anglo-Saxon constitutes its principal strength. At the same time that our chief peculiarities of structure and idiom are essentially Anglo-Saxon, from the same copious fountain have sprung — words designating the greater part of objects of...
Page vi - Words referred to their Themes the Parallel Terms from the other Gothic Languages — the Meaning of the Anglo-Saxon in English and Latin— and copious English and Latin Indexes, serving as A DICTIONARY OF ENGLISH AND ANGLO-SAXON, AS WELL AS OF LATIN AND ANGLO-SAXON. With a Preface on the Origin and Connexion of the Germanic tongues — a Map of Languages — and the Essentials of Anglo-Saxon Grammar. By the Rev. J. BOSWORTH, LL.D.
Page iv - The difference is that of the winter's and summer's sun. The light of the former may be as clear and dazzling as that of the latter, but the genial warmth is gone.
Page vi - Indexes, serving as a Dictionary of English and Anglo-Saxon, as well as of Latin and Anglo-Saxon. With a Preface on the Origin and Connexion of the Germanic tongues — a Map of Languages — and the Essentials of Anglo-Saxon Grammar.
Page iv - Iiomz, &c. The language of business, of the shop, the market, and of every-day life ; our national proverbs; our language of humor, satire, and colloquial pleasantry; the most energetic words we can employ, whether of kindness or invective ; in short, words expressive of our strongest emotions and actions in all the most stirring scenes of life, from the cradle' to the grave, are derived from the Anglo-Saxon.
Page 250 - The were was therefore the penalty by which his safety was guarded, and his crimes prevented or punished. If he violated certain laws, it was his legal mulct ; if he were himself attacked, it was the penalty inflicted on others. Hence it became the measure and mark of a man's personal rank and consequence, because its amount was exactly regulated by hi* condition in life.