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English. Sanscr. Anglo-Saxon. Old *.N. His back, s. pas'chima (pos- bac, baec - bacho. ticus) bare på (purificare) bare . - bar; baar (purus, * nudus.) broad prithn (latus) broad . - breit; breit. boat pota (navicula) bate, boet . Boot. bride prandhá(sponsa) bryd . - brut; Braut. bloom phull (florescere) blowan - bluon, pluon; blühen. buck chhaga, chhága bucca . - boch; Bock. (caper, capra) ban } han, ghan (occi- bana . - bano; Bann. bane dere) blow dhmā (flare) blawan - blajan, blahan, blasan; blasen, blåhen.

The following table exhibits the results of our comparisons:

Eng. Banlaut corresponding with Sanscr. Bh in 27 examples.

B in 5

V in 1

P in 6

Ph in 1

Chh in 1

Dh in 1

--- --- - - - H. Ghin 1 Eng. Bauslaut ... - - - Bh in 1

According to Grimm's law, Gothic B is to answer to Gr. 3, Lat. f. and the Sanscrit labial aspirates. There are two: Ph and Bh. The true aspirate of B can only be Bh, which accordingly appears in the majority of the examples. Besides Sanscr. Ph is rather of rare occurrence in Anlaut, as well as in Inlaut and Auslaut. Grimm, (1.585,) says that both these aspirates appear promiscuously in Greek p and Lat. f and b. For the Anlaut Ph, there is only one example where a Sanscrit root has its correspondent in Greek and Latin; it is “phull, se expandere (de floribus,) florescere:” Gr. o.oy; Lat. fol-ium; flo-s instead of fol-s, ful-s, vide Bopp, s. v. We have then to state, as a general rule, that English B answers to Sanscr. Bh.

But there is another fact which we must not pass by unnoticed. The Sanscr. B remains unchanged, not only in English, but in all the cognate languages. The Sanscrit examples are not very numerous, but they are without exceptions. English B then answers in general to Sansc. Bh; Sanscr. B always answers to an English B. From former inquiries and comparisons, we know that Sanscr. P answers to an English F; and English Palmost always to Sanscr. P. Remembering now that P and F are Surds, B and Bh Sonants, we cannot help acknowledging this to be a general law, for the LABIALs of the English and Sanscrit languages, “that Surds answer to Surds, Sonants to Sonants.”

There is only one Sanscrit Surd letter of consideration (P.) answering to the two common English Surds, (P and F); there is only one English Sonant letter, (B.) answering to the two common Sanscrit Sonants, (B and Bh.)


(To be continued.)



OUR age aims at tracing the spirit of classical antiquity in all departments of archaeological science. In addition to the advantages immediately derived from this practice, there is one very closely consequent on it, on which we wish to say a few words. Classical antiquity can no longer stand as something isolated, but must gradually become more intimately connected with the great whole of the history of human civilization. The particular must find its relation to the general, individuality and nationality to universal humanity. Our age casts on the study of antiquity the reproach of standing a dead and solitary department of knowledge, in no connection with the present, and with our own age and nationality. This is not the place to discuss the subject at length. But can classical philologers look with equanimity at this fact, that their efforts meet, amongst the great mass of educated persons, with infinitely less sympathy than those of such men as employ themselves in the study of their own language, history, or natural science 2 In this instance Horace's “satis est equitem mihi plaudere,” gives but slight consolation. Can our philologers not do more to bring the subject of their study into greater respect among those beyond their own circle 2 The attacks on classical studies are directed, not only against the system pursued in the schools, but against Philology itself, and shew that its importance is either questioned or entirely unknown. Philology has long had a practical influence on education; its association with our national character and institutions also would, we think, be in a very high degree useful. That we cannot study philology exclusively with this view, is self-evident, for otherwise it would lose its character and independence. But something might be done, and philological societies ought certainly to direct their attention to the subject. We find in the Philologus, pp. 340–343, a short essay by Jacob Grimm, “Wom Singen der Schwerter und Pfannen,” in which the German and classical customs are discussed, and which proves that even such trifles can be made interesting. A similar association of the old German with the old classical, presents itself in very many points in the same distinguished author's Deutsche Rechtsalterthümer. Many subjects which are in that work only casually alluded to, might give occasion for the most beautiful comparisons. We offer the present article on Ordeals, not because we expect to bring forward new or even complete materials; but merely as an attempt to show whether what was briefly spoken of by Grimm in regard to the Greeks and Romans, can be carried out further. If this contribution lead to similar investigations, we can wish for no more. Besides the assistance afforded by Grimm, we have in Becker's Charicles” useful materials. The article “Ordalien,” by W. E. Wilda, in Ersch and Gruber's Allgemeine Encyklopädie,” has principally reference to German ordeals. Other literary aids are not at our command. Grimm “ says that such trials as the ordeals of the Germans are so consonant to the childlike and rude character of antiquity, that it would be wonderful if we did not meet with them among other nations also. What he and Becker bring forward in proof of the existence of similar customs among the Greeks and Romans, has been taken proper advantage of in the following remarks." Wilda and others say that most authors, even Grimm, have committed an error, in omitting the lot amongst ordeals. Wilda himself mentions it first, and thinks it ought to be reckoned one of the most ancient and really national ordeals of the Germans; nay he says (p. 469,) that the lot is in some measure the purest ordeal, for the result of it, if every thing be done regularly, cannot in the least degree be foreseen by human judgment. Some say that in employing the lot, man, renouncing entirely his own power of decision, commits his cause to blind chance. But how can this be, if divinity directly interfere, and if the benevolence and mercy of God afford man ground for the hope of finding in the lot, not an instance of unregulated chance, but an exercise of Providence 2 Antiquity evidently saw in the decision by lot, an indication of fate; and we in modern times are not indisposed to the same opinion. And in this manner we have in it a kind of oracle, a prognostication of the dark future. That the Germans too had a “divinatio per sortes,” is known from Tacitus (Germ. c. 10). With his remarks in that passage, may be compared what Herodotus says of the Scythians.” No discussion is required to show that Pindar’s “povt; pytyscat xxi xj.dpola. Ösorportion, isposo,” refers to this kind of “divinatio.” What Wilda brings forward, appears to us sufficient to prove, that when persons were accused of theft, and when it was wished to discover the murderer of an individual killed in a riot or fray, an ordeal “per sortes,” as the Latin legal phrase has it, which reminds us of Tacitus's “divinatio per sortes” among the Germans, was resorted to, though it may neither have been generally nor long employed. As Wilda himself admits, history gives no specific instance of its being used.” Nothing of the kind among the Greeks and Romans of the later ages is known to us; but we think it may safely be asserted, that the idea of recognizing in the decision by lot a decision of heaven, was not foreign to the Homeric age. Hector, on one occasion, in the Iliad,” challenges to single combat anyone of the Greeks who dares to fight with him. Menelaus wishes to accept the challenge, but is restrained by the remonstrances of his brother. Nestor's angry speech puts the dilatory and trembling princes of the Achaeans to shame; nine rise, ready to meet the dreaded foe. The question now is, which of them shall obtain the honour. Nestor's advice is to let the lot decide. This counsel is followed: the nine heroes mark their lots, and throw them into the helmet. Then the poet continues, v.177, foll.:— Maoi 3’ opjaavto, bedict 3: Xsipaç &veaxov dode to esteoxey ióðy eig oëpavöy sipów Zej totep, 7 Asayta Maysv, *, Točáo; uíów, % a toy flags).ja toxoxpó300 Moxiivsk' The lot falls upon one of the three chiefs named; on him indeed, whom the army had prayed for first, viz. Ajax; *Q: &p pay' oey & Tspívio irröta Nécrop. ëx 3’ “bope x).jpoo xovéms, Šv šp #0skov avoi,

* Or exhibited in a Table :

Engl. Sanscr. Whilst Grimm has:–
Surds, { P } P Engl. Sanscr.
Sonants, B { B P . B
Bh B Ph, Bh.

* Translated from the Philologus, ii. 3. p. 385–397. By Robert Johnston.

* 11. pp. 282-285 of the original. those in which there was a direct ap* Section 3. vol. 4. pp. 453–490. peal to heaven, other decisions of a ju* P. 933, of the first edition. dicial nature, among different nations

* Regarding the connection between and in different ages, exhibit the same the ordeal and the oracle, we refer to leading idea: for instance, the settleWilda, (p. 453). The single combat ment of a quarrel regarding boundaries plainly served both purposes. As between Carthage and Cyrene, (Sallust. amongst the Germans, (Tacit. Germ. Jug. 79,) and between the Swiss Canc. 10; comp. Grimm, p. 928,) it gave tons of Uri and Glarus (Grimm, a prophetic decision, so also in the fight | Deutsche Sagen, 287) by a race. Grimm between the Gaul and T. Manlius. (Rechtsalterth. p. 935) is probably right Livy, (vii. 11,) says: “Ethercule tanti in classing such a mode of settlement ea ad universi belli eventum momenti with that by ordeal, though it may be dimicatio fuit, ut Gallorum exercitus granted that in the case of the race, the proximä nocte relictis trepide castris, belief in an exertion of divine power is in Tiburtem agrum transierit.” Besides less prominent than in the ordeal.

Afavtoz. * Iv. 67. * We may lastly refer to Du Cange's 7 Pyth. iv. 190. Glossarium: Sors, judicium Dei, pur

* The article “ Divinatio,” in Pauly's gatio vulgaris; where the same passages Real-Encyklopädie, affords rich mate- are cited as in Wilda. rials, which, however, do not lie in our 19 v11. 67, foll. way at present.

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