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Welsh And Their Literature

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Originally an article in the US Edition of the London Quarterly Review, George Borrow offers a sweeping history of Welsh literature, beginning with the legendary origin of the Welsh people, then their major bards and poets, and then their works of prose. Many examples are offered.

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The Welsh and their Literature by George Borrow

taken from the “The London Quarterly Review”, 1861, pages 20–33.

NEW YORK: PUBLISHED BY LEONARD SCOTT & CO., 79 FULTON STREET, CORNER OF GOLD STREET.

1861.

Art. II.— The Sleeping Bard ; or Visions of the World , Death , and Hell . By Elis Wyn. Translated from the Cambrian British by George Borrow. London, 1860.

The Welsh style themselves Cymry or Cumry, a word which, in their language, means a number of people associated together. {20} They were the second mass of population which moved from Asia into Europe. They followed and pushed forward the Gael or Gauls; were themselves impelled onward by the Slowaks or Sclavonians, who were themselves hunted, goaded, and pestered by a wild, waspish race of people, whom, for want of a better name, we will call Tatars or Tartars... Continue reading book >>


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