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Selections from early Middle English, 1130-1250 Part I: Texts   By: (1854-)

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[Transcriber's Note:

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[Gh], [gh] (yogh) [&] (Tironian ampersand) [þ/] (thorn with stroke) [e,] (e with tail, "e caudata") [.y] (y with over dot) [´æ] (accented æ) [ a], [ e]... (vowel with macron or "long" mark) [)a], [)e]... (vowel with breve or "short" mark) [a.], [b.]... (expunctuated letter, "under dot")

All but the first three are rare, or occur only in notes. Any other bracketed characters are in the original text.

The form {} represents a half width space, generally between prefix and main word. These are not always unambigous; readers should consult page images or a printed text. The {;} is a punctuation mark similar to a semicolon.

A few selections use additional, very unusual letters that will be explained as they appear.

In the last three selections, doubled ¶¶ represents the large C like paragraph symbol. In Orm and earlier selections, ¶ is as printed.

Italicized letters or parts of words, indicating expanded abbreviations, are shown in {braces}. Spaced out text, used mainly for Latin quotations, is marked with lines . Boldface is shown with marks, while large initial capitals are shown with double marks before the letter. Superscript letters are shown with ^.

The Notes were published in a separate volume, in preparation at the time this e text was produced (August 2008). For each selection, the bracketed paragraph describing the MSS. has been summarized from these Notes; additions or omissions shown by ellipses or brackets according to the usual rules for academic quotation.

Further details about the format of this e text are at the end of the text. All notes in [[double brackets]] were added by the transcriber.]


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Edited With Introductions And Notes


JOSEPH HALL M.A., Hon. D.Litt., Durham University


OXFORD At The Clarendon Press M CM XX


London Edinburgh Glasgow New York Toronto Melbourne Cape Town Bombay

HUMPHREY MILFORD Publisher to the University


Some of the texts in this book have already appeared in the Specimens of Early English edited by the Rev. Richard Morris. But Nos. i, ii, iv, vii, xiii and xv are new, the important shorter pieces, Nos. vi, viii, xvi, xviii, xxi and xxiii, are printed in full, and some, as Nos. viii and ix, are taken from additional or better manuscripts. The pieces are arranged tentatively in what appears to be the chronological order of their composition, but Nos. xix and xvii should have come before the Ancrene Wisse, and No. vii has been placed next to the Proverbs of Alfred, from which it appears to be derived. It is hoped that those who study the older book will find in the present one a useful supplement.

The texts follow the manuscripts in all details. The syntax being comparatively simple, there is not much to be gained by modern punctuation, and that of the manuscripts has gained a fresh importance from theories which have been founded upon it. Where obvious mistakes have been corrected in the text, notice is always given in the footnotes. Additions are made within square brackets, and interlineations are printed between accents.

My best thanks are due to the custodians of the libraries for the facilities which with uniform kindness they extended to me in the collation of the manuscripts.

J. H.


January, 1920 .


Page I. WORCESTER FRAGMENTS 1 Worcester Cathedral Library, 174.

II. SAINT GODRIC'S HYMNS 5 British Museum, Royal 5 F... Continue reading book >>

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