Excerpt from Canterbury Tales, Vol. 1: With an Essay Upon His Language and Versification, an Introductory Discourse, Notes, and a Glossary
In referring words to the other two great classes a precise ac curacy has not been attempted. The small remains of the ge nuine anglo-sax... on language, which our lexicographers have been able to collect, do not furnish authorities for a multitude of words, which however may be fairly derived from that source, because they are to be. Found with little variation in the other collateral languages descended from the Gothic. The term saxon there fore is here used with such a latitude as to include the Gothic, and all its branches. At the same time, as the Francic part of the French language bad a common original with the Anglosaxon, it happens that some words may be denominated either french or saxon with almost equal probability. In all such cases, the final judgement is left to those, who have leisure and inclination (according to our author's phrase, ver. To boult the matter to the bren.
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