The Ethical World-conception of the Norse People

University of Chicago Press, 1904 - 57 pagina's
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Pagina 55 - British constitution, representative legislature, the trial by jury, security of property, freedom of mind and person, the influence of public opinion over the conduct of public affairs, the Reformation, the liberty of the press, the spirit of the age — all that is or has been of value to man in modern times as a member of society, either in Europe or in the New World, may be traced to the spark left burning upon our shores by these northern barbarians.
Pagina 55 - Wheresoever," sayę Mr. Laing, " this people from beyond the pale and influence of the old Roman Empire and of the later Church empire of Rome, either settled, mingled, or marauded, they have left permanent traces in society of their laws, institutions, character, and spirit. Pagan and barbarian as they were, they seemed to have carried with them something more natural, something more suitable to the social wants of man, than the laws and institutions formed under the Roman power.
Pagina 33 - I found tied to the bed 102. Many a fair maiden, when rightly known, towards men is fickle: that I experienced, when that discreet maiden I strove to seduce : contumely of every kind that wily girl heaped upon me; nor of that damsel gained I aught. 103. At home let a man be cheerful, and towards a guest liberal; of wise conduct he should be, of good memory and ready speech ; if much knowledge he desires, he must often talk on good.
Pagina 42 - ... you can not talk if you are very hungry. At this very day a gentleman makes it the rule to do the same thing. Accordingly we see that these rough men of the North must have had a good deal of social refinement — refinement not of dress or of speech, but of feeling. Still, says the poet, one's own home is the best, though it be but a cottage. "A man is a man in his own house.
Pagina 44 - When the people of the north migrated into the southern parts of Europe, they carried along with their laws a chastity and reserve which excited universal surprise. Salvian, a priest of Marseilles in the fifth century, exclaims, "Let us blush," says he, " and be covered with a confusion which ought to produce salutary effects. Wherever the Goths become masters, we see no longer any disorders, except among the old inhabitants. Our manners are reformed under the dominion of Vandals.
Pagina 21 - ... fastened Gleipnir to two great rocks, that the Wolf might not get away. In vain the monster howled day and night while the blood ran down between his jaws and collected in the river Wan ; he could not break his bonds. Thus is crime, which threatens to corrupt the human race, bound by the apparently slight fetters of law, and as the power of the Wolf was broken by the sword, that of crime is kept under by the awards of justice. When a people no longer heeds the law, and throws aside all civic...
Pagina 35 - Here, perhaps, is the key to Germanic success and the secret of Germanic supremacy. In war, indeed, of whatever kind the Germanic virtue of courage came to the front ; but in the comitatus courage was no more prominent than fidelity, loyalty, and truth. The sense of duty, the sense of standing and enduring for a principle, has 1 Who was this prince?
Pagina 55 - Europe — who were the origin of the men and events we see at this day — and whose descendants are now seated on the thrones and in the palaces of Europe, and in the West are making a new world of social arrangements for themselves. The sites and even the names of the little estates or...
Pagina 30 - We have gotten a good report though we die to-day or to-morrow. No man can live over the evening when the word of the Fates has gone forth.
Pagina 55 - ... communities of modern times — the Romans, and the handful of Northern people from the countries beyond the Elbe, which had never submitted to the Roman yoke...

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