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The Old English Physiologus   By: (1853-1927)

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[Transcriber's note: This text contains some special characters, including a, e, i, o, u, y, and æ with macrons, which are represented by [=a],[=e], [=i], [=o], [=u], [=y], and [=æ], respectively, and the oe ligature, which has been split into two letters.]

YALE STUDIES IN ENGLISH ALBERT S. COOK, EDITOR LXIII

THE OLD ENGLISH PHYSIOLOGUS

TEXT AND PROSE TRANSLATION BY ALBERT STANBURROUGH COOK Professor of the English Language and Literature in Yale University

VERSE TRANSLATION BY JAMES HALL PITMAN Fellow in English of Yale University

NEW HAVEN: YALE UNIVERSITY PRESS LONDON: HUMPHREY MILFORD OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS MDCCCXXI

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PREFACE

The Old English Physiologus , or Bestiary , is a series of three brief poems, dealing with the mythical traits of a land animal, a sea beast, and a bird respectively, and deducing from them certain moral or religious lessons. These three creatures are selected from a much larger number treated in a work of the same name which was compiled at Alexandria before 140 B.C., originally in Greek, and afterwards translated into a variety of languages into Latin before 431. The standard form of the Physiologus has 49 chapters, each dealing with a separate animal (sometimes imaginary) or other natural object, beginning with the lion, and ending with the ostrich; examples of these are the pelican, the eagle, the phoenix, the ant (cf... Continue reading book >>




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