Geschiedenis der Europeesche Volken

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Author: J.G. Kohl
Published: 1874
Language: Dutch
Wordcount: 263,810 / 870 pg
LoC Category: G
Downloads: 545
Added to site: 2006.11.13
mnybks.net#: 15226
Genre: Travel
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doorleven en van alle klimaten te genieten.

Gedichten op den zomer, den herfst en de lente maken wel de helft uit van de poëzie der Europeesche volken. Ja! als men bedenkt, hoe de Grieken den in lentetooi terugkeerenden Apollo den beschermgod der dichters maakten, en hoe ook in het noorden van Europa het gezang der landskinderen in Mei, tegelijk met het lied van den leeuwerik, op nieuw weerklinkt, dan wordt men geneigd juist in deze afwisseling der jaargetijden de bron en de aanleiding onzer poëzie te zoeken.

De schoonste en roerendste sagen en ideeën, niet alleen der Romeinsche en Grieksche, maar ook der Slawische en Germaansche godenleer, hebben betrekking op de afwisseling der jaargetijden, die alle Europeanen tot nadenken, tot het maken van vergelijkingen en tot de kennis van het menschelijke leven en van hen zelven bracht.

En de bijbel zelf spreekt met lof over den invloed van de wisseling der jaargetijden, wanneer hij zegt: "zoo lang de Aarde staat en zoo lang er mens

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