The Poetical Works Of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (volume 1); With Explanatory Notes by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The Poetical Works Of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (volume 1); With Explanatory Notes

byHenry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1903. Excerpt: ... THE GOLDEN LEGEND 1851 The old Legenda Aurea, or Golden Legend, was originally written in Latin, in the thirteenth century, by Jacobus de Voragine, a Dominican friar, who afterwards became Archbishop of Genoa, and died in 1292. He called his book simply Legends of the Saints. The epithet of Golden was given it by his admirers; for, as Wynkin de Worde says, ' Like as passeth gold in value all other metals, so this legend exceedeth all other books." But Edward Leigh, in much distress of mind, calls it "a book written by a man of a leaden heart for the basenesse of the errours, that are without wit or reason, and of a brazen forehead, for his impudent boldnesse in reporting things so fabulous and incredible." This work, the great text-book of the legendary lore of the Middle Ages, was translated into French in the fourteenth century by Jean de Vigney, and in the fifteenth into English by William Caxton. It has lately been made more accessible by a new French translation: La Ligende Doric, traduite du Latin, par M. G. B. Paris, 1850. There is a copy of the original, with the Gesta Longobadorum appended, in the Harvard College Library, Cambridge,Sprinted at Strasburg, 1496. The title-page is wanting; and the volume begins with the Tabula Legendorum. I have called this poem the Golden Legend, because the story upon which it is founded seems to me to surpass all other legends in beauty and significance. It exhibits, amid the corruptions of the Middle Ages, the virtue of disinterestedness and self-sacrifice, and the power of Faith, Hope, and Charity, sufficient for all the exigencies of life and death. The story is told, and perhaps invented, by Hartmann von der Aue, a Minnesinger of the twelfth century. The original may be found in Mailath's Altdeutsche Gedichte, with a modern German versi...

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Title:The Poetical Works Of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (volume 1); With Explanatory NotesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:108 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.22 inPublished:January 2, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217605222

ISBN - 13:9780217605229

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