The Spirit of Hebrew Poetry; By J.G. Herder. Translated from the German Volume 1
Publisher: TheClassics.us (September 12, 2013)
Format: PDF / Kindle / ePub
Size: 9.9 MB
Downloadable formats: PDF
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1833 edition. Excerpt: ... The second means, by which Moses acted unceasingly upon the poetry of the nation, was by the description of his own deeds ; by his own poetry and songs. His last poetical effusion, as before remarked, was the pattern- of the prophets. The Israelites were required to learn it, and make it familiar to their minds ; and severe as it was upon them, they held it in high esteem. His song at the Red Sea was the model of their Psalms of praise, of triumph, and of deliverance, as the lofty Psalm ascribed to him, which is the 90th in the collection, was the beautiful model of didactick poems. In general, the poetry of Moses, like his life and character, is- full of meaning, but severe, earnest, and breathing an air of solitude. It glows with brightness, as his countenance did, but a veil is spread over it. The spirit that breathes in his institutions and writings, is widely diverse from the spirit of Job, of David, and of Solomon. His own description of his institutions and journeyings belongs also to the instrumentality, of which I am speaking. That he recorded his laws, and the journey through the desert, and made the former a canon for the priests, the latter, especially the last repetition of the law, a lesson for the instruction of the people; that he chose a particular tribe of men, who, relieved from other employments, must devote themselves to reading, copying, and carrying into effect his laws and regulations ; that he excluded all symbols, figures, and hieroglyphics, and employed writing, alphabetick writing, as well for the ornament of the high priest, as for the occupation of the priests, and thereby secured the advantage of it, for his people; that he probably collected the ancient histories and traditions of his race, and prefixed...