The History of English Poetry,: From the Close of the Eleventh to the Commencement of the Eighteenth Century. To which are Prefixed, Three Dissertations: 1. Of the Origin of Romantic Fiction in Europe. 2. On the Introduction of Learning Into England. 3.On the Gesta Romanorum, Volume 1

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Thomas Tegg, 1824 - English poetry
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P. 66 Villoison
Sate the harper Orion (Amphion?)
And Eacides, Chirion,
And other harpers many one,
And the Briton Glaskyrion. House of Fame.
The powers of Glenkindie's harp exceed all that has been
said of its rival instruments :
He 'd harpit a fish out o saut water,
Or water out o' a stane,
Or milk out o' a maiden's breast,
That bairn had never nane108.
From hence the transition to the horn of Oberon, " which
if softly sounded would make every one dance who was not
of an irreproachable character ;" or the harp of Sigurd103,
which caused inanimate objects to caper in the wildest confusion,
was but an easy step. In popular story the same qua- .
lities have been conferred upon the riddle of the German
tale The Jew in the Bush, and the pipe of Jack in The mery
Geste of the Frere and the Boye, and have thus developed the
opposite and contrasting elements contained in this as in every
other fable, and without which no mythos seems to be complete.
A still more favourite ornament of popular fiction is the
highly-gifted object, of whatever form or name, which is to
supply the fortunate owner with the gratification of some particular
wish, or to furnish him with the golden means of satisfying
every want In British fable this property lias been given
to the dish or napkin of Rhyclderch the Scholar, which like
the table, or table-cloth, introduced into a variety of German
tales, no sooner received its master's commands, than it became ""
Junieson's Scottish Ballads, vol. i. have had much the same effect upon
p. S3. their respective flocks. See pp. 25. 111. "•
Herraud of Bosa's Saga, p. 49-51. 112. (ed. Villoison.) The pipe of Pan,
The pipes of Dorco and Daphnis, in the in the same romance, equals anything

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Page cxcix - purple air: And wings, whose colours glitter'd on the day, Wide at his back their gradual plumes display, The form ethereal bursts upon his sight, And moves in all the majesty of light. The same apologue occurs, with some slight additions and variations
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