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Old English Shorter Poems, Volume I: Religious and Didactic (Christopher A Jones (ed)) Hardcover Book, (Harvard University Press, 2012) 9780674057890
Old English Shorter Poems, Volume I: Religious and Didactic (Christopher A Jones (ed)) Hardcover Book, (Harvard University Press, 2012) 9780674057890
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Title: Old English Shorter Poems, Volume I: Religious and Didactic

Author: Jones, Christopher A (ed)

Publisher: Harvard University Press; Publication Date: 2012

Hardcover; ISBN: 9780674057890

Volumes: 1; Pages: 496

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Alongside famous long works such as Beowulf, Old English poetry offers a large number of shorter compositions, many of them on explicitly Christian themes. This volume of the Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library presents twenty-nine of these shorter religious poems composed in Old and early Middle English between the seventh and twelfth centuries. Among the texts, which demonstrate the remarkable versatility of early English verse, are colorful allegories of the natural world, poems dedicated to Christian prayer and morality, and powerful meditations on death, judgment, heaven, and hell.Previously edited in many different places and in some instances lacking accessible translations, many of these poems have remained little known outside scholarly circles. The present volume aims to offer this important body of texts to a wider audience by bringing them together in one collection and providing all of them with up-to-date translations and explanatory notes. An introduction sets the poems in their literary-historical contexts, which are further illustrated by two appendices, including the first complete modern English translation of the so-called Old English Benedictine Office.Contents Introduction Poetic Allegories of Nature The Panther The Whale The Partridge The Phoenix Poems from Worship and Prayer The Lord's Prayer (I) The Lord's Prayer (II) The Lord's Prayer (III) The Apostles? Creed The Gloria patri (I) The Gloria patri (II) The Kentish Hymn (Gloria in excelsis deo) C�dmon's Hymn Godric's Hymn A Prayer Resignation (A) Poems on Christian Living Almsgiving Homiletic Fragment (I) Homiletic Fragment (II) Aldhelm (A Verse Preface to His Treatise De virginitate) Thureth (Commemorative Verses in a Bishop?s Book) The Rewards of Piety Instructions for Christians Seasons for Fasting The Menologium Poems on the Last Things Soul and Body The Soul's Address to the Body (from the Worcester Fragments) The Grave Judgment Day (I) Judgment Day (II) Epilogue: A Lament for the English Church (from the Worcester Fragments) Appendix A: A Late Old English Sermon with Embedded Verse (The Judgment of the Damned) Appendix B: Bilingual Materials from the Divine Office (from Oxford, Bodleian Library, Junius 121) Note on the Texts Abbreviations Notes to the Texts Notes to the Translations Bibliography Index
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