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CONTENTS.

CHAPTER IT.

TOWN-VER8E AND FOLK-SONO.

Decline of the Troubadour art—The Leys tit'Amors—Legend of
Clemence Isaure—Old Portuguese poetry—Catalonian verse—
German love of song — The Meistersingers— Volkslieder
Minnesingers in legend—Rcimsprechcr—The Low Countries
-English minstrels—Welsh bards—Robin Hood — Scottish

ballads- North French puis—Italy .... 60
CHAPTER III.

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How came the old poetry—epic, romance, minnesong —to die out as it did in the fourteenth century 2 Was who killed it suffocated by adverse outward conditions, *** or had it completed its natural term of life 2 Perhaps it is not necessary to choose between these solutions. It seems probable that more than one cause was at work. That there were hostile agencies abroad cannot be doubted. In this task of A

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