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192 



MODERN LANGUAGE NOTES 



[Vol. xxix, No. 6. 



no great living lyric poets" (p. 346). In 
fact, to many minds, Mr. Henning 'will seem a . 
little severe in his treatment of Baudelaire, 
Verlaine and the ultra-moderns. 

Two smaller points and I have done with 
objections. A reference to Alceste in the notes 
declares that "he was brutally frank and 
grouty* rather than misanthropic" (p. 370). 
The very short resume on versification con- 
tains the statement that " without rhyme there 
can be no French verse, for it could not be dis- 
tinguished from prose" (p. 403). Perhaps it 
were well to suspend judgment here. 

This outline of versification is extremely 
compact and thereby difficult. There are one 
or two errors of detail, yet most of the stuff 
is there for those who wUl take the trouble to 
dig for it. The same may be said of the vol- 
ume as a whole; it is rewarding to the inter- 
ested and industrious. Its dominant note is 
sincerity, just the note which the editor 
stresses in his chosen poets, for lack of 
which he apparently rules out Coppee and De 
Banville. 

This anthology should help the cause. I 
know of nothing better for its period. If Mr. 
Henning were to continue his labors with a 
companion volume of poets preceding the nine- 
teenth century, we should indeed have a splen- 
did basis for appreciation of what is still to our 
schools a twilight and debatable land. 

B. Pbeston Daegait. 
The University of Chicago. 



Karl Loffler, Die Handschriften des Klosiers 
Weingarten. (XLI. Beiheft zum Zentral- 
blatt fur Bibliothekswesen.) Leipzig: Otto 
Harrassowitz, 1912. 8vo., viii + 185 pp. 

The celebrated Benedictine abbey of Wein- 
garten in Germany once contained such manu- 
script treasures as the oldest of the three world- 
renowned Minnesinger manuscripts, but fate 
has scattered its books to the four corners of 

'The word ia found in the Jfew International, 
out—. 



the earth. The work here reviewed is an at- 
tempt to trace the history of this valuable col- 
lection, and to determine as far as may be the 
present location of the manuscripts. 

The most ancient group of these came orig- 
inally from the Cathedral library of Constance, 
whence they were transferred by purchase in 
the year 1630. But the Weingarten library 
itself had already then enjoyed a long and 
illustrious career, having been founded in 1053 
by the transference of an older community 
of monks from Altdorf near Kavensburg. Its 
early history is closely connected with that of 
the House of Guelf, and a special school of 
calligraphy and de luxe binding was early 
developed. 

During the Napoleonic era in Germany 
Weingarten lost its library, and after many 
vicissitudes due to war conditions the major 
portion of its contents found a resting place 
in the Landesbibliothek of Stuttgart, while 
other parts are at Fulda, Darmstadt and other 
German cities. The most valuable jewel- 
bedecked manuscripts seem to have been taken 
to Paris by the French, whence they found 
their way nearly a century ago to the private 
library of Lord Leicester at Holkhara Hall in 
England. 

Among the literary manuscripts may be 
mentioned the chief Classical Latin authors, 
such as Terence, Cicero and Ovid; many col- 
lections of German poems from the earliest 
times; Petrarch's De remediis utriusque for- 
tunae, and numerous Late Latin writers. 



George C. Keidel. 



Washington. 



CORRESPONDENCE 

Analogues to the Stoby of Selvagia in 
Montemayob's Diana 

A considerable portion of the first book of 
Montemayor's Diana is occupied with Selva- 
gia's recital of the suffering caused to herself, 
and her three companions by unrequited love, 
for by some curious caprice of Fate, the ardent