Excerpt from A Short Practical and Easy Method of Learning the Old Norsk Tongue or Icelandic Language After the Danish of E. Rask: With an Icelandic Reader, an Account of the Norsk Poetry and the Sagas and a Modern Icelandic Vocabulary for Travellers
The Old Norsk or Icelandi... c and the anglo-saxon may be termed the parents of the English Language, and their Knowledge is not only highly useful but absolutely necessary to every educated Englishman who looks upon his language with the eye of a historian and philosopher. Nothing is more interest ing than to look back to these two sources from whence the english tongue is derived, and a thorough knowledge of Eng lish is only possible by being acquainted with its 'origin.
These languages together with anglo-norman, early Ger man, ancient, mediaeval and modern English, ought to he regularly studied.
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