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Moore-Translation of Anacreon-Little's Poems-Political Satires-The
Fudge Family-Irish Medodies—Lalla Rookh-Epicurian--Biographies.
WORDSWORTH, COLERIDGE, AND THE NEW POETRY.
Wordsworth and the Lake School--Philosophical and Poetical Theories--
The Lyrical Ballads—The Excursion--Sonnets-Coleridge--Poems and
Criticisms--Conversational Eloquence--Charles Lamb--The Essays of
Elia--Leigh Hunt--Keats—Hood--The Living Poets--Conclusion 417
Britons-Their Oriental Origin-Cæsar's Invasion, B.C. 60--Traces of the Celtic
Speech in English-Analysis of English-Saxon Tongue--Disuse of Saxon
The most ancient inhabitants of the British islands were the Celts, Cymry, or Britons, as they are variously styled. That these rude and savage tribes were offshoots from the mighty race whose roots have struck so deep into the soil of most countries of Western and Southern Europe, there can be no doubt. Antiquaries may be undecided as to the origin of this venerable family of mankind, or as to the period at which it first migrated into Europe; but it is impossible not to believe that it formed one of the primary divisions of the human race; and there is very strong probability, from many noteworthy circumstances, that it originally came from the eastern regions of the globe.
In their mysterious and venerable system of theistic philosophy there are to be found so many points of resemblance with various recondite doctrines which we know to have been current from the remotest ages in the interior of India, that it is very difficult to believe such resemblance to be entirely accidental; particularly