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Early English Alliterative Poems in the West-Midland Dialect of the Fourteenth Century   By: (1833-1894)

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Early English

Alliterative Poems

in the

West Midland Dialect

of the

Fourteenth Century

Edited From The Unique Manuscript British Museum MS. Cotton Nero A. x


Richard Morris


First Published 1864 Second Edition 1869 Reprinted (1869 Version) 1965

Original Series, No. 1

Originally Printed by Stephen Austin, Hertford and now Reprinted Lithographically in Great Britain at the University Press, Oxford by Vivian Ridler, Printer to the University


[List added by transcriber. Items in brackets do not have headers in the body text, but were treated as subsections for grouping footnotes.]

Preface [Introduction to The Pearl ] [Introduction to Cleanness ] [Introduction to Patience ] [General Introduction] Remarks Upon the Dialect and Grammar Grammatical Details I... Continue reading book >>

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