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(1815) Author: Matthew Consett - Tema: Sápmi and the Sami
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likewise are low, with large broad features,
but have so gentle and complaisant a
manner that their behaviour removes a
prejudice which their first appearance does not
fail to excite. As their manners are
gentle so tbeir characters are chaste.

The language of the Laplanders is a
harsh and unintelligible jargon derived
from their neighbours, the ancient
inhabitants of Finland. Their voices however
are musical, and they never require much
entreaty to oblige. The few specimens
which we possess of Lapland poetry, give
you a favourable impression of their taste;
and taste most certainly it is, uncorrupted
by foreign ideas, and entirely the
production of nature. In the Spectator you
have two elegant odes translated from the
language of Lapland (Nos. 366 and 406.)
I shall make no apology for adding a third.


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        A Lapland Song.

The snows are dissolving on Tornao’s rude side,
And the ice of Lulhea flows down the dark tide:
Thy dark stream, Oh Lulhea, flows freely away,
And the snow-drop unfolds her pale beauties to day.

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