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Celtic Literature by Matthew Arnold

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comes into our poetry from the Celts.

{136} Take the following attempt to render the natural magic
supposed to pervade Tieck's poetry: --'In diesen Dichtungen herrscht
eine geheimnissvolle Innigkeit, ein sonderbares Einverstandniss mit
der Natur, besonders mit der Pflanzen--und Steinreich. Der Leser
fuhlt sich da wie in einem verzauberten Walde; er hort die
unterirdischen Quellen melodisch rauschen; wildfremde Wunderblumen
schauen ihn an mit ihren bunten schnsuchtigen Augen; unsichtbare
Lippen kussen seine Wangen mit neckender Zartlichkeit; hohe Pilze,
wie goldne Glocken, wachsen klingend empor am Fusse der Baume;' and
so on. Now that stroke of the hohe Pilze, the great funguses, would
have been impossible to the tact and delicacy of a born lover of
nature like the Celt, and could only have come from a German who has
hineinstudirt himself into natural magic. It is a crying false note,
which carries us at once out of the world of nature-magic and the
breath of the woods, into the world of theatre-magic and the smell of
gas and orange-peel.

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