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The author's father was James Murray of the Oxford English Dictionary.]

Erthe upon Erthe

EARLY ENGLISH TEXT SOCIETY

Original Series, No. 141

1911 (reprinted 1964)

Price 30 s.

[Illustration: BRITISH MUSEUM, MS. HARL. 2253. c. 1307. fol. 57 v. ( slightly reduced )]

Early English Text Society. Original Series.

The Middle English Poem,

ERTHE UPON ERTHE,

Printed From Twenty Four Manuscripts,

Edited, with Introduction, Notes, and Glossary,

by

HILDA M. R. MURRAY

Published for THE EARLY ENGLISH TEXT SOCIETY by the OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS LONDON NEW YORK TORONTO

First Published 1911 Reprinted 1964

Original Series, No. 141

Reprinted Lithographically in Great Britain at the University Press, Oxford by Vivian Ridler Printer to the University

To my Father

QUEM QUAMVIS LONGISSIMO INTERVALLO SEQUI TAMEN CONOR.

CONTENTS

PAGE INTRODUCTION: The two Versions of the Poem 'Erthe upon Erthe' ix Descriptive List of MSS. of the Poem x The A Version xiv The B Version xvi The Cambridge Text xxv Origin and Growth of the Poem xxix Later Versions of the Poem xxxv Literary Interest xxxviii Editor's Note xli

THE A VERSION: 1. MS. Harleian 2253 1 2. MS. Harleian 913 1

THE B VERSION: 1. William Billyng's MS 5 2. MS. Thornton 6 3. MS. Selden supra 53 7 4. MS. Egerton 1995 8 5. MS. Harleian 1671 9 6. MS. Brighton 10 7. The Stratford on Avon Inscription 11 8. MS. Rawlinson C. 307 12 9. MS. Harleian 4486 13 10. MS. Lambeth 853 14 11. MS. Laud Miscellaneous 23 16 12... Continue reading book >>




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