Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expressions in bold in the following sentences?
The point of view in which this tale comes under the Romantic definition lies in the attempt to connect a bygone time with the very present that is flitting away from us.
bygone = well in the past; former
flit = move along rapidly and lightly
flit away = fly by
Hence, too, might be drawn a weighty lesson from the little-regarded truth, that the act of the passing generation is the germ which may and must produce good or evil fruit in a far-distant time.
little-regarded truth = little respected truth
It’s time to kick on back, toss your cares away.
kick back = to take it easy; relax
toss your cares away = to not think about your problems
The phrase would be more germane to the matter.
This text is not germane to our subject.
An amendment must be germane.
germane = relevant
And flaming ministers to watch and tend their earthly charge; of these the vigilance I dread
vigilance = the quality or state of being vigilant; forbearance of sleep; wakefulness
I suffer from insomnia.
Thank you for your efforts.