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FRAGMENTS

FROM

GERMAN PROSE WRITERS..

FRAGMENTS

FROM

GERMAN PROSE WRITERS.

TRANSLATED BY

SARAH AUSTIN.

ILLUSTRATED WITH NOTES.

LONDON:

JOHN MURRAY, ALBEMARLE STREET.

1841.

PRINTED BY

RICHARD AND JOHN EDWARD TAYLOR,

RED LION COURT, FLEET STREET.

PRE FACE.

I CANNOT send this little volume into the world without cautioning my readers against a misapprehension of its character and purpose. It would be unjust to German literature to regard it as a selection. That word implies more of choice and order than I have been able to bestow. Many of these fragments were translated some years ago from books which chance threw in my way, and without any view to their publication ; they were given to friends, who were curious to know what inducement there was to study the German language, and thus found their way into several numbers of a magazine. It has been frequently suggested to me, that a reprint of them, with additions, in a more convenient and durable form, would not be unacceptable to the English public, among whom a curiosity concerning the matter and form of German literature is greatly in

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