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THE

HISTORY

OF THE

ANGLO-SAXONS.

BOOK VII.

Of the MANNERS of the Anglo-Saxons after their OCCUPATION of

ENGLAND.

CHAP. I.

On their Infancy, Childhood, and Names.

I.

In the Appendix to the first volume of this history, CHAP. we have described the Saxons as they were on the continent, before they possessed themselves of the south part of Britain, during the fifth and sixth centuries; and we may remark, that the human character has seldom displayed qualities more inauspicious to the improvement of intellect or of moral character. When they first landed, they were bands of fierce, ignorant, idolatrous, and superstitious pirates, enthusiastically courageous, but habitually cruel. Yet from such ancestors a nation has, in the course of twelve centuries, been formed, which, inferior to none in every moral and intellectual merit, is superior to every other in the love and possession of useful liberty: a nation which cultivates with equal success the elegancies of art,

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