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Page lxv - The earth goeth On the earth Glistering like gold; The earth goeth to The earth sooner than it wold; The earth buildeth On the earth castles and towers; The earth saith to The earth: All shall be ours.
Page 61 - During these fits they were, according to a popular belief, proof against steel and fire, and made great havoc in the ranks of the enemy. But when the fever abated they were weak and tame. Vigfusson Cleasby's Icelandic-English Dictionary, sub voce. in a twinkling to distant lands upon his own or other peoples
Page xlv - Eddas, which present to. us in features which cannot be mistaken, and in words which cannot die, the very form and fashion of that wondrous edifice of mythology which our forefathers in the dawn of time imagined to themselves as the temple at once of their gods and of the worship due to them from all mankind on this middle earth.
Page v - Iceland did a living literature spring up and flourish; there alone the language has been handed down to us with unbroken tradition and monuments, from the first settlement of the island to the present day.
Page xlviii - Danes and Norsemen, the judgment by verdict was also transplanted to English ground, for the settlers of England were kith and kin to those of Iceland, carrying with them the same laws and customs; lastly, after the Conquest, it became the law of the land.
Page xlv - ... introduction of Christianity, the ancient gods had been deposed and their places assigned to devils and witches. Here and there a tradition, a popular tale or a superstition bore testimony to what had been lost; and, though in this century the skill and wisdom of the Grimms and their school have shown the world what power of restoration and reconstruction abides in intelligent scholarship and laborious research, even the genius of...
Page xlviii - by compurgation, or witnesses brought forward by the accused, to swear that he did not do, or was not capable of doing, the deed laid at his door." We notice further that, anciently in Iceland, the law distinguished between two classes of juries, viz., the jurors summoned at the place itself, where the deed took place, who alone were called
Page lxv - ... channel of communicating knowledge. Even in those Universities where professorial instruction is more predominant than it is in Cambridge, the success of the process is far from decisive. The following testimony for example has recently been recorded by an earnest student respecting some lectures. " As to Wilson's political economy, I regret to say he had neglected to get up the subject; and certainly upon the whole cut but a poor figure, often coming before us quite unprepared.
Page xlix - The language of the north of England," says Sir GW Dasent, " and especially the dialect called Lowland Scotch, was full, and to this day is full, of words and expressions which can only be explained by...
Page lxix - ... disorder, which for days riveted him to his room. The two were together all their lives. As children they had slept in the same bed and worked at the same table; as students they had had two beds and tables in the same room. Even after Wilhelm's marriage to Dortchen Wild, in 1825, Uncle Jacob shared the house, "and in such harmony and community that one might almost imagine the children were common property.