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1842. Excerpt: ... Art. II.--Fragments from German Prose Writers.
Translated by Sarah Austin. Illustrated with Notes. London. 1841.
Some have experienced, and all can imagine, the pleasure of waking
in a new long-desired country, with vague wonder and uncertainty
how that foreign life would present itself, and then receiving its
first greetings from a fair smiling figure, who presents us with a
nosegay of unknown flowers, and looks our welcome to the fields
they grew in. Such must be to many English readers the interest and
joy imparted by this rich and graceful, as well as truly friendly
offering; which is at once a garland of fresh flowers, and a string
of lasting pearls. Perhaps no other prose literature but that of
Greece could have furnished the materials of a volume at once so
wise, so bright, and so varied; and those old Hellenic books,
nearer than any modern can be to the age of primeval awe, and
combining, as no other, childish liveliness with mature thought,
yet want some of the nobler, the very noblest elements of our
Christian world, and the clear complete knowledge of nature and
history, which in our time we require, and which the Germans,
beyond all other people, have realized. In truth, resembling the
Greeks far more than do the writers of any other nation as to
elevation and fulness, they have for us the incomparable merit that
they are the children and teachers of our own time. At all events,
whatever may or may not be the value of German literature, it is
plain that Mrs. Austin is, of all English persons, the one who has
best succeeded in making its worth clear and pleasant to merely
English readers. Mr. Carlyle, with his deep spirit and prophetic
originality, has been, and will remain we suppose for ever, the
great hierophant, disclosing to prepared minds...
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