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(1887) [MARC] Author: Viktor Rydberg Translator: Alfred Corning Clark With: Hans Anton Westesson Lindehn
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praise, he entered life’s struggle with no inheritance of
earthly goods. But, on the other hand, he was richly
endowed with those higher mental capacities, which
give promise of future success, and which, when rightly
developed and adapted, rarely fail to insure it.
Actuated by an ardent desire for knowledge, he, after
having availed himself of the instruction that the common
school of his native city afforded, entered the college
at the city of Wexiö, in order to prepare himself for
the higher studies of the university. There his earnest
diligence in study, his good behavior, and his attractive
genial nature gained for him as well the approbation and
regard of his instructors as the sympathies and
affection of his fellow students.

At this time the celebrated poet, E. Tegnér, resided
at Wexiö in the capacity of bishop of the diocese of the
same name, being also superintendent of the college.
Tegnér was without question one of the greatest
geniuses of this century. His Frithiof’s Saga is familiar to
almost every civilized nation, and on this side of the
Atlantic he is further well known through Mr.
Longfellow’s excellent translations of other of his poems.
The veteran poet, with his keen perception, was quick
to discover the talents of the young Rydberg, and
extended to him the encouragement and sympathies so
precious to an ambitious youth from so great a genius.

Having completed his preliminary studies at the
college in 1851, Rydberg went to the University at Lund,
and there, in the same year, passed his examination as
Bachelor of Arts. He now began the study of law,
depending for his subsistence on the scant returns he could
receive from newspaper contributions. But he soon

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