Lays of Iona and other poems

Paperback | October 12, 2012

bySamuel John Stone

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1897 edition. Excerpt: ...3. That the Hymn is not mentioned by Adamnan is no argument against its authenticity, because the plan of his work did not necessarily involve any notice of the writings of St. Columba. 4. The Hymn is written in a rude Latinity; each strophe of six double lines beginning with a special letter of the alphabet in order. The metre is a species of Trochaic Dimeter with a rhyme or, rather, assonance in the middle and at the end of each line of sixteen syllables: e.g.--Salva fide in Personis Tribus gloriosissimis, otherwise printed (to show the assonance) in double lines of eight syllables--Salva fide in Personis Tribus gloriosissimis. (N.B.--The English translation, or Paraphrase, in verse in the following pages, has been made so as to follow the break of the double line indicated by the rhyme or assonance.) 5. In the old Ms. a Scholium is prefixed to each strophe or stanza, containing 'The Title' and 'The Argument.' The Title is a short summary of the subject treated of. The Argument is one or more texts of Scripture indicating the principal thought or subject-matter of the stanza. The glosses are many, and often of interest and value. 6. Even those who are inclined to be sceptical as to the authorship cannot have a doubt of the great antiquity of the Hymn. It quotes in many places a Latin version of the Scriptures older than the recension of St. Jerome, and it is written in a barbaric style, with many words of rare occurrence, and some unknown to the Dictionaries; and occasionally grammatical liberties are taken for sake of metre or rhyme. 7. In relation to the Vetustus Dierum, 'Ancient of Days,' in the first line of Capitulum A, it is interesting to note what the Scholiast says of the Argument: 'It is the canon (i.e. text) on which the...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1897 edition. Excerpt: ...3. That the Hymn is not mentioned by Adamnan is no argument against its authenticity, because the plan of his w...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:56 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.12 inPublished:October 12, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217498914

ISBN - 13:9780217498913

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