An Anglo-Saxon Reader in Prose and Verse: With Grammatical Introduction, Notes and Glossary

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Clarendon Press, 1884 - English language - 304 pages
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Page 1 - ... himself has examined and set forth this evidence (Two of the Saxon Chronicles, Oxford, 1865; see also ten Brink, Early English Lit.). The annal of 755 (written at least as late as the year 784, and apparently entered later than the annal of that year) is a remarkable example of early vernacular prose. " We do not meet with so vivid and circumstantial a piece of history till more than a hundred years .later
Page 35 - This is the most remarkable piece of writing in the whole series of Chronicles. It is a warm, vigorous, earnest narrative, free from the rigidity of the other annals, full of life and originality. Compared with that passage every other piece of prose, not in these Chronicles merely, but throughout the whole range of extant Saxon literature must assume a secondary rank.
Page 17 - IV. THE VOYAGES OF OHTHERE AND WULFSTAN. [King Alfred's Version of the Compendious History of the World by Orosius, by the Rev. J. Bosworth, London, 1859. There is another edition by Thorpe, forming an Appendix to the English translation of Pauli's Life of Alfred, in...
Page 201 - This form is a genuine English modification of the Latin genitive sancti, which was introduced into English at a time when it still retained the old i-endings. Afterwards, when eci etc. became ece, sancti was also made into sancte. The feminine gender sanctce also followed the other inflectional <K'8 of the older language, and became sancte'.
Page 124 - Hrothgar's men, and devours them in his moorland retreat. These ravages go on for twelve years. Beowulf, a Thane of Hygelac, King of the Goths, hearing of Hrothgar's calamities, sails from Sweden with fourteen warriors to help him.
Page 182 - THERE can be no doubt as to the authorship of the riddles of the Exeter Book, the first of them being a riddle on the name Cynewulf itself. Many of these riddles are true poems, containing beautiful descriptions of nature, and all of them show Cynewulf 's charm and grace of language.
Page 192 - Searobyrg,' where the cet has been erased by some later hand, showing that the idiom had become obsolete. Gp. the German ' Gasthaus zur Krone,
Page 44 - Sa ea stodon, ond nan heort ne onscunede naenne leon, ne nan hara naenne hund, ne nan neat nyste naenne andan ne naenne ege to oSrum, for Saere mergSe Saes sones.
Page 116 - God wine and Edward the Confessor. That great philologist, Henry Sweet, has rightly spoken of the story given by the Canterbury chronicler as " one of the noblest pieces of prose in any literature, clear, simple and manly in style, calm and dignified in tone, and yet with a warm undercurrent of patriotic indignation." This Chronicler tells of the insolence of Count Eustace of Boulogne : how, on his return from a visit to his brother-in-law, the Confessor, Eustace and his followers put on their armour...
Page 109 - ... on gewelhwylcon ende oft and gelome; and us stalu and cwalu, stric...

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