Studies In Folk-song And Popular Poetry

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314            FOLK-SONGS OF ROUMANIA.
added to. This fact confirms the belief, which in­telligent observers have noted, that the Roumanians and the kindred peoples of this race have an intel­lectual power which is of an undecayed and still progressive people, very different from the effete Ottomans by whom they were so long oppressed, and that, if the future promised an opportunity for original development, instead of absorption into the Muscovite empire, they might produce a homoge­neous and progressive nation with original features and an independent contribution to civilization. At any rate the volume gives evidence of remarka­ble intellectual power among the Roumanian peas­antry, and it may be hoped that this treasure-trove will stimulate other researches, and the discovery of a larger bulk of native poetry, if none of finer value. Whether any touch of sentiment has been added in the translations with the higher poetic form in some instances cannot, of course, be appar­ent, but the internal evidence would indicate that essential faithfulness has been preserved and that the substance is as genuine as the poetry is original and powerful.
Some of the most striking songs in the collection are those of the gypsies, which have a wild and fiery tone like the gypsy music which has stirred the blood of refined civilization, as it has been per­formed by orchestras with all the effect of modern
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