By Joseph Glaser
This wealthy and vigorous anthology bargains a huge choice of center English poetry from approximately 1200 to 1500 C.E., together with greater than a hundred and fifty secular and non secular lyrics and 9 entire or extracted longer works, all translated into glossy English verse that heavily resembles the unique varieties. 5 entire satires and narratives illustrate very important conventions of the interval: "Athelston", a old romance; "The Cock and the Fox", a beast delusion by means of Robert Henryson; "Sir Orfeo", a Breton lai; "Saint Erkenwald", an alliterative saint's existence; and, "The Land of Cockayne", a myth. The publication concludes with immense excerpts from longer narratives similar to Piers Plowman and Confessio Amantis. The poems are observed by means of introductions, notes, marginal glosses, resource notes, and appendixes, together with a bibliography and a listing to aid readers find the lyrics in present original-language variants.
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Let us in to drink some more! Madam, though we’re far in debt For all the good wine we have got, In for a little, in for a lot! I drank before and would drink yet. Ringler MS Index 826. British Library, Additional MSS 14997. Circa 1500. Unique. 9. Literally true, but it has more black ones. 42 Middle English Poetry in Modern Verse 4810 A king, I sit and look about. Tomorrow I may go without. Woe is me, my kingship’s past. I flourished till I fell, alas. I was rich not long ago; Now I’m made poor by fortune’s blow.
Unique. 38 Whenever there was in this town Ale or wine, I would buy it gladly For that dear love of mine. That man was right hardy Who left her lying bloody. If he were the king’s son Of Normandy, Yet I would avenge That dear love of mine. Lord God, I was filled with woe. I was filled with woe. When a man loses what he loves, It’s always so. Neither earl nor lord . . No! Not another line! Worldly Lyrics 35 I pray she rests above with Christ, That dear love of mine. Index 3898. Bodleian, MS Rawlinson D.
British Library, MS Sloane 2593. Fifteenth century. Unique. 47 I tell you, Anna Taylor, dame, We’re lacking drink, and you’re to blame. Look here, dame, unbar your door. Let us in to drink some more! Madam, though we’re far in debt For all the good wine we have got, In for a little, in for a lot! I drank before and would drink yet. Ringler MS Index 826. British Library, Additional MSS 14997. Circa 1500. Unique. 9. Literally true, but it has more black ones. 42 Middle English Poetry in Modern Verse 4810 A king, I sit and look about.
Middle English Poetry in Modern Verse by Joseph Glaser