The lay of Havelok the Dane

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Published. for the Early English Text Society, by N. Trübner & Company, 1868 - 159 pages
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Page xxxiii - Edwin extended, that, as is still proverbially said, a woman with her new-born babe might walk throughout the island, from sea to sea, without receiving any harm. That king took such care for the good of his nation, that in several places where he had seen clear springs near the highways, he caused stakes to be fixed, with...
Page xx - Riuer for fish in his little boate vpon Humber) espyed not far from him another little boate, empty (as he might conceaue) which by y e fauour of y e wynde & tyde still approached nearer & nearer vnto him. He betakes him to his Oares, & meetes itt, wherein he founde onely a Childe wrapt in Swathing Clothes, purposely exposed (as it should seeme) to y e pittylesse [rage] of y e wilde & Wide Ocean. He, moued with pitty, takes itt home, & like a good foster-father carefully nourisht itt, & endeauoured...
Page liii - A poet's business is, in fact, to take care that the syllables which are to be rapidly pronounced are such as easily can be so ; and that the syllables which are to be heavily accented are naturally those that ought to be.
Page 102 - Et, si rendre n'el voleit, Mande qu'il le purchaceroit. Av roi uindrent li messager — The remainder of the French poem altogether differs in its detail from the English. 2927. Hire that was ful swete in bedde.^ Among Kelly's Scotch Proverbs, p. 290, we find : " Sweet in the bed, and sweir up in the morning, was never a good housewife ; " and in a ballad of the last century quoted by Laing, the editor of that highly curious collection, the Select pieces of Ancient Popular Poetry of Scotland, we...
Page i - The Ancient English Romance of Havelok the Dane ; accompanied by the French Text: with an Introduction, Notes, and a Glossary.
Page xxi - Toll, & ye rest), may fairely induce a Beleife, that some preceding favour or good turne called on this remuneration. But lastly (which proofe I take to be instar omnium] the Common Seale of ye Towne, & that a most auncient one,
Page x - Gildas, no Bede, no Henry of Huntynton, No William of Malmesbiri, ne Pers of Bridlynton, Writes not in...
Page x - Gryme a fisshere, men redes jit in ryme, That he bigged Grymesby Gryme that ilk tyme. Of alle stories of honoure, that I haf thorgh souht, I fynd that no compiloure of him tellis ouht. Sen I fynd non redy, that tellis of Hauelok kynde Turne we to that story, that we writen fynde.' " There cannot exist the smallest doubt, that by the ' Byme ' here mentioned ' that lowed men vpon Inglish tellis,' the identical English Romance, now before the reader, is referred to.
Page xii - Holly for his kvugdain, he held in his hand, Al the lond fro Colchestre, right in til Holand. Thys Egelbright th* was a Dane, & Orewayn the quene, Hadden gete on Argill, a doughter hem bytwene. Sone then deyde Egelbright, & his wyf Orewayn, & therfore was kyng Edelsye, bothe joyful & fayn. Anon their doughter & here Eyr, his nece dame Argill, & al the kyngdam he tok in hande, al at his owene will. Ther serued Hauelok as quistron, & was y-cald Coraunt, -He was ful mykel & hardy, & strong as a Geaunt....

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