The Misfortunes of Elphin

Paperback | January 9, 2012

byThomas Love Peacock

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1829. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... 210 CHAP. XV. THE CIRCLE OF THE BARDS. The three dignities of poetry: the union of the true and the wonderful; the union of the beautiful and the wise; and the union of art and nature. Triads Of Poetry. Amongst the Christmas amusements of Caer Lleon, a grand Bardic Congress was held in the Roman theatre, when the principal bards of Britain contended for the preeminence in the art of poetry," and in its appropriate moral and mystical knowledge. The meeting was held by daylight. King Arthur presided, being himself an irregular bard, and admitted, on this public occasion, to all the efficient honours of a Bard of Presidency. To preside in the Bardic Congress was long a peculiar privilege of the kings of Britain. It was exercised in the seventh century by King Cadwallader. King Arthur was assisted by twelve umpires, chosen by the bards, and confirmed by the king. The Court, of course, occupied the stations of honour, and every other part of the theatre was crowded with a candid and liberal audience. The bards sate in a circle on that part of the theatre corresponding with the portion which we call the stage. Silence was proclaimed by the herald; and, after a grand symphony, which was led off in fine style by the king's harper, Geraint, Prince Cei came forward, and made a brief oration, to the effect that any of the profane, who should he irregular and tumultuous, would be forcibly removed from the theatre, to be dealt with at the discretion of the officer of the guard. Silence was then a second time proclaimed by the herald. Each bard, as he stood forward, was subjected to a number of interrogatories, metrical and mystical, which need not be here reported. Many bards sang many songs. Amongst them, Prince Llywarch sang GORWYNION Y GAUAV. THE BRILLIANCIES OF WINTER. L...

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1829. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... 210 CHAP. XV. THE CIRCLE OF THE BARDS. The three dignities of poetry: the union of the true and the wonderful; the union of the beaut...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:32 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.07 inPublished:January 9, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217599559

ISBN - 13:9780217599559

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