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Lancelot of the Laik A Scottish Metrical Romance   By: (1835-1912)

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[Transcriber's Note:

This text is intended for users whose text readers cannot use the "real" (Unicode/UTF 8) version of the file. Characters that could not be fully displayed have been "unpacked" and shown in brackets:

[s] (long "s") [Gh] [gh] (yogh) [ m] (m with over line; the equivalent "n" form is shown as ñ with tilde for better font support) [´æ] (æ with accent, only in the Glossary)

There are also a few letters with macron ("long" mark), shown as [ a], [ e] and similar.

Unlike most EETS productions, this book was printed with long "s", here shown as [s]. The editor's Introduction says:

We find, in the MS., both the long and the twisted s ([s] and s). These have been noted down as they occur, though I do not observe any law for their use. The letter "ß" has been adopted as closely resembling a symbol in the MS., which apparently has the force of double s , and is not unlike the " sz " used in modern German hand writing.

An italic form of þ (thorn) was apparently not available to the printer. In the modern parts of this e text, the letter has been italicized when context seems to warrant it. In the poem, all italics representing expanded contractions or abbreviations are shown with {braces} as "se{n}t" or "{and}". Other italics are shown conventionally with lines . To reduce visual clutter, italics in folio numbers ("1  b ") are unmarked. The change in labeling from "21, 21b" to "22a, 22b" appears to be accidental.

Large initial letters in the primary texts are marked with leading double as "Messire", "Maist{er}". The random variation between capital and lower case letters after an initial is as in the original. Superscripts are shown with ^ alone. Unless otherwise noted, the superscripting continues to the end of the word.

In the Glossary, [gh] (yogh) is alphabetized as z.

In the printed book, some line numbers were moved or omitted for reasons of space; they have been silently regularized. Sidenotes giving folio numbers are shown as printed. Other sidenotes have been moved to the nearest convenient sentence break or major punctuation. Where practical, footnotes are grouped together, preferably before headnotes, stanza breaks (random) or decorative capitals. Headnotes have been moved to agree with the text, and will generally not coincide with printed page breaks.

Except for footnotes and similar, and the letterforms listed above, all brackets [] are in the original. Bracketed [s] (long "s") or [gh] (yogh) do not occur. Conversely, except for the indented stanzas at ll. 699 719, all blank lines within the poem were added by the transcriber.]

The Romans of Lancelot of the Laik.

Dublin: William Mcgee, 18, Nassau Street. Edinburgh: T. G. Stevenson, 22, South Frederick Street. Glasgow: Ogle & Co., 1, Royal Exchange Square. Berlin: Asher & Co., Unter Den Linden, 11. Boston, U.S.: Dutton & Co. New York: C. Scribner & Co.; Leypoldt & Holt. Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott & Co.


A Scottish Metrical Romance, (About 1490 1500 A.D.)

re edited From a Manuscript in the Cambridge University Library,

with an Introduction, Notes, and Glossarial Index,

by THE REV. W. W. SKEAT, M.A.,

Late Fellow of Christ's College, Cambridge; and Translator of the Songs and Ballads of Uhland.

[Second and Revised Edition, 1870.]

LONDON: Published for the Early English Text Society, By N. Trübner & Co., 60, Paternoster Row. MDCCCLXV.

6 John Childs and Son, Printers.



A former edition of the present poem was printed for the Maitland Club, in 1839, and edited by Joseph Stevenson, Esq. It has saved me all trouble of transcription, but by no means, I am sorry to say, that of correction. Those who possess the older edition will readily perceive that it differs from the present one very frequently indeed, and that the variations are often such as considerably to affect the sense... Continue reading book >>

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