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Lectures on the Sacred Poetry of the Hebrews; Translated from the Latin of the Right Rev. Robert Lowth.By G. Gregory, Author of Essays Historical and Moral. To which are added, The Principal Notes of Professor Michaelis, and Notes by the Translator and Others.
London: Printed for J. Johnson. 1787 - FIRST EDITION. 2 volumes. 8vo,210 x 126 mms., pp. xxxi [xxxii blank], 387 [388 blank]; [ii], [xxxiii] - xlii], 449 [450 blank, 451 - 465 indexes, 466 blank, 467 - 468 adverts], contemporary calf, red and green morocco labels; bindings a bit rubbed and worn, but a good to very good set, with the armorial bookplate of John J. Kingsford on the front paste-down end-paper of each volume and his autograph and date (1868) on the recto of the front free end-paper. Lowth (1710 - 1787) published De sacra poesi Hebr├Žorum in 1753, and a second edition appeared in 1763. George Gregory in his introduction to his translation rightly emphasizes the work's "excellent compendium of all the best rules of taste, and all the principles of composition." Scott Mandelbrote, in his ODNB entry on Lowth comments, " Lowth's lectures established a new method for reading and understanding those passages of the Hebrew Bible, such as the Psalms and many of the writings of the prophets, that were traditionally considered as verse, as well as a means to expand and define the canon of biblical poetry. Building on the work of contemporary Oxford scholars, notably Thomas Hunt, Lowth urged the importance of setting biblical poetry in the context of oriental rather than classical style and the impossibility of ever determining the ancient vocalization of the Hebrew Bible with sufficient accuracy to identify its true metrical structure. In place of metre Lowth argued that the structure of Hebrew verse could be identified by its often parabolic or figurative mode of expression, and in particular by the parallelisms, or repetitions of similar words or phrases, sometimes in a regular order, sometimes not, that gave rhythm to Hebrew poetry and song, and served almost as an alternative to metre. Using these critical tools Lowth also tried to identify a sublime, and divinely inspired, quality in Hebrew verse." Lowth's argument at the end of volume 2 that the book of Job was the oldest book extant seems to have influenced William Blake. [Attributes: First Edition]
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