There is, then, analogy as well as historicar
accuracy on the side of " Old Er?igl b~." There
are also practical Advantages. ~W?e- hae a term
which is simple and intelliglibe, which is at~ one
atdapted to popullar ush and " admits ?~of ch~olarly
definition." Mlore thian thzis, if this terml is aceu-
rate, we peirceive thatt there is no; " new forma- ? i
tion " but " a continuity of affairs," ": a progaressive-
evolution." W~e perceive that the period before,
the Norman Conquest is no~t~ o be eaC t off as? it?
were, from the rest of our literary history; that i
there has been no break. with? the ?storied past,:
but thatt English literature is English literature^
in the Ninth Century as well as the? Nin?teenth.
That this? is a most valuable point of view to gain,
I need not stop to arg:ue.
And do not think because ?ten ce?ntuiries 'liE i
between that this oldest? English literature is.
lacking in interest. The rever.se isthe case. No?
maodern European liberatulre is miore interest?ing
in its earlyr growth. It is really not so far :re--
moved from our sympathies, for miankind: is-
much the samie in all agaes Coming down the
mountain side, I saw ?a huge shape coming to-
wards me in the morning hazie; coming nearer,.
I saw that it was a muan; nearer still, it was may-
brother. Andt so may we, across the mists of ar
thousand years still make ouit, in these old monu-
mients, where writers of an elder time tracedl,