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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1888 Excerpt: ...7, 60--89. Whom the Muses look upon at birth, he hath power of pleasant speech, Hes. Theog. 81--84. The gods breathe upon the poet, Ov. Met. 1, 2-3-4. p. 906. To Hesiod tending lambs, the Muses hand a spray of laurel, and with it the gift of song, Theog. 22--30. In Lucian's Rhet. praec. 4 he being a shepherd plucks leaves on Helicon, and there and then becomes a poet. The muses come at early morn: Mirabar, quidnam misissent mane Camenae, ante meum stantes sole rubente torum; natalis nostrae signum misere puellae, et manibus faustos ter crepuere sonos. Prop. iv. 9, 1. Conf. the story of the Kalmuk poet, Klemm 3, 209. 210, and poor shepherds' visions of churches to be built (Suppl. to 86). GDS. 821. p. 908. The first lay in Kanteletar relates the invention of the five-stringed harp (kantelo) of the Finns. Kalev. 29 describes how Wainamoinen makes a harp of various materials. Kullervo fashions a horn of cow's bone, a pipe of bull's horn, a flute of calves' foot, Kal. Castr. 2, 58. When Wainamdine7i plays, the birds come flying in heaps, Kalev. 29, 217, the eagle forgets the young in her nest 221. When Wipicnen sings, the sun stops to hear him, the moon to listen, Charles's wain to gather wisdom, wave and billow and tide stand still, Kalev. 10, 449--457; conf. Petersb. extr. p. 11. In the Germ, folksong the water stops, to list the tale of love, Uhl. 1, 223-4. Den ene begyndte en vise at qviide, saa faart over alle qvinder, striden strom den stiltes derved, som forre vor vant at rinde. D V. 1, 235. A song makes tables and benches dance, Fornald. sog. 3, 222. KM. no. 111. Sv. fornvis. 1, 73. Stolts Karin with her singing makes men sleep or wake, Sv. vis. 1, 389 or dance 394-6. For the power of song over birds and beasts, see DV. 1, 282. Sv. vis. 1, 33. On Orpheu...