The different elements contributed to the modern English character by the latest stocks which have been united in it have been indicated by Matthew Arnold in a famous passage ('On the Study of Celtic Literature'): 'The Germanic [Anglo-Saxon and 'Danish'] genius has steadiness as its main basis, with commonness and humdrum for its defect, fidelity to nature for its excellence.
As a direct consequence the resulting language, modern English, is the richest and most varied instrument of expression ever developed at any time by any race.
This victory of the East Midland form was marked by, though it was not in any large degree due to, the appearance in the fourteenth century of the first great modern English poet, Chaucer.
As usual, I will give part of it in the words of the original, translated, of course, into modern English
Sir Patrick, who had stood apart (while the question of Ratcatcher's relapse was under discussion) sardonically studying the manners and customs of modern English
youth, now came forward, and took his part in the proceedings.
Kant calls it the "inner sense"; sometimes it is spoken of as "consciousness of self"; but its commonest name in modern English
psychology is "introspection.
polite society, my native sphere, seems to me as corrupt as consciousness of culture and absence of honesty can make it.
Across the table the body of the man in the brown dressing-gown lay amid his burst and gaping brown-paper parcels; out of which poured and rolled, not Roman, but very modern English
Another example of finding balance in a corpus where the texts were multilingual is the project on early modern English
witness depositions, where criminal court records were separated from church court records.
Each part consists of two chapters: a discussion of theoretical perspectives and early modern English
historical and political contexts, and a case study that applies these perspectives and contexts to interpret a late-Elizabethan English history play.
Excerpts from'Fish and Chips -- The Modern English
Still, as in a Loeb Classical Library volume, the juxtaposition of original text and modern English
translation in the present edition can help a beginner quickly establish initial contact with the original.