Early English Alliterative Poems: In the West-Midland Dialect of the Fourteenth Century. Copied and Ed. from a Unique Manuscript in the Library of the British Museum. With an Introduction, Notes, and Glossarial Index
Early English text society, 1864 - English poetry - 216 pages
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Page xiv - And the city was besieged unto the eleventh year of king Zedekiah. And on the ninth day of the fourth month, the famine prevailed in the city, and there was no bread for the people of the land. 4 And the city was broken up, and all the men of war fled by night, by the way of the gate, between two walls, which is by the 'king's garden ; (now the Chaldees were against the city round about ;) and the king went the way toward the plain.
Page xxxix - ... cataloguers of the Cottonian collection; probably few modern scholars before Warton, Conybeare, and Madden knew more of the poems than the first page of the MS., and from this they hastily inferred that the whole was a continuous poem 'in Old English, on religious and moral subjects,' or, 'Vetus poema Anglicanum, in quo sub insomnii figmento multa ad religionem et mores spectantia explicantur.
Page xxix - Rob. Br. 25. and it no doubt gave rise to those curious idioms which are noticed by Pegge in his ' Anecdotes of the Engl. Lang.,' p. 217. This writer, whose evidence to a. fact we may avail ourselves of, whatever we think of his criticism or his scholarship, quotes the following as forms of speech then prevalent among the Londoners : — " and so says me I," " well what does me I," " so says me she," " then away goes me he," " what does me they,
Page xiv - And they slew the sons of Zedekiah before his eyes, and put out the eyes of Zedekiah, and bound him with fetters of brass, and carried him to Babylon.
Page ix - ... this new society, which proposes to give us accurate editions and reeditions of early English writers at a very moderate cost.* As before, we shall give a brief but general outline of each poem, with extracts as illustrations of style, language, and so on. " In the first poem," says the editor, " entitled by me
Page xl - The poem concludes on fol. 55b. 2. Then follow two more illuminations ; in the first of which Noah and his family are represented in the ark ; in the second the prophet Daniel expounding the writing on the wall to the affrighted Belshazzar and his queen. These serve as illustrations to the second poem, which begins at fol. 57, and is written in long alliterative lines.
Page xliii - Perle, plesaunte to prynces paye To clanly clos in golde so clere, Oute of oryent, I hardyly saye, Ne proued I neuer her precios pere.
Page v - In regard to the author of these poems much uncertainty also exists. There is sufficient internal evidence of their being Northern, although the manuscript containing them appears to have been written by a scribe of the midland counties, which will account for the introduction of forms differing from those used by writers beyond the Tweed.
Page xix - AD 1350) was only aware of the existence of three different forms, which he regards as analogous to the dialects spoken by the Jutes, Old Saxons, and Angles, by whom the island was colonized. It is, however, certain that there were in his time, and probably long before, five distinctly marked forms, which may be classed as follows : — 1. Southern or standard English, which in the fourteenth century was perhaps best spoken in Kent and Surrey by the body of the inhabitants. 2. Western English, of...