Medieval English Prose for Women: Selections from the Katherine Group and Ancrene Wisse

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Ancrene Wisse, Part 7

| Seinte Pawel witneð þet alle uttre heardschipes, alle flesches [r]104
pinsunges ant licomliche swinkes, al is ase nawt aʒeines luue, þe schireð ant brihteð þe heorte. Exercitio corporis ad modicum ualet, pietas autem ualet ad omnia: þet is, licomlich bisischipe is to lutel wurð, ah
swote ant schir heorte is god to alle þinges. Si linguis hominum loquar et5
angelorum, et cetera; si tradidero corpus meum ita ut ardeam, et cetera; si distribuero omnes facultates meas in cibos pauperum, caritatem autem non habeam, nichil michi prodest. 'Þah Ich cuðe', he seið, 'monne ledene ant englene, þah Ich dude o mi bodi alle pine ant passiun þet bodi mahte
þolien, þah Ich ʒeue poure al þet Ich hefde, ʒef Ich nefde luue10
þerwið, to Godd ant to alle men in him ant for him, al were ispillet.' For as þe hali abbat Moyses seide, al þet wa ant al þet heard þet we þolieð o flesch, ant al þet god þet we eauer doð, alle swucche þinges ne beoð nawt bute as lomen to tilie wið þe heorte. ʒef þe axe ne
kurue, ne spitelsteaf ne dulue, ne þe sulh ne erede, hwa kepte ham to15
halden? Alswa as na mon ne luueð lomen for hamseolf, ah deð for þe þinges þet me wurcheð wið ham, alswa na flesches derf nis to luuien bute forþi, þet Godd te reaðere þiderward loki mid his grace, ant makie þe heorte schir ant of briht sihðe, þet nan ne mei habben wið
monglunge of unþeawes, ne wið eorðlich luue of worltliche þinges; for20
þis mong woreð swa þe ehnen of þe heorte þet ha ne mei cnawen Godd ne gleadien of his sihðe. Schir heorte, as Seint Bernard seið, makieð twa þinges: þet tu al þet tu dest, do hit oðer for luue ane of
Godd, oðer for oþres god ant for his biheue. | Haue in al þet tu dest an [v104
of þes twa ententes -- oðer ba togederes, for þe leatere falleð into25
þe earre. Haue eauer schir heorte þus, ant do al þet tu wult; haue wori heorte, al þe sit uuele. Omnia munda mundis, coinquinatis uero nichil est mundum (Apostolus). Item. Augustinus: Habe caritatem, et fac quicquid uis -- uoluntate uidelicet rationis. Forþi, mine leoue sustren, ouer alle
þing beoð bisie to habben schir heorte. Hwet is schir heorte? Ich hit30
habbe iseid ear: þet is, þet ʒe na þing ne wilnin ne ne luuien bute Godd ane, ant te ilke þinges for Godd þe helpeð ow toward him -- for Godd, Ich segge, luuien ham, ant nawt for hamseoleun -- as is mete

makie] NTS, makeð ACFLP

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Preface v
  • Contents vii
  • List of Abbreviations ix
  • Introduction xi
  • Further Reading xxxix
  • A Note on the Texts and Translations xli
  • Texts 1
  • Hali Meiðhad - Epistel of Meidenhad Meidene Froure 2
  • A Letter on Virginity - A Letter on Virginity for the Encouragement of Virgins 3
  • Seinte Margarete 44
  • Saint Margaret 45
  • Sawles Warde I Þe Feaderes Ant I Þe Sunes Ant I Þe Hali Gastes Nome, | Her Biginneð 'sawles Warde'. 86
  • The Custody of the Soul 87
  • Ancrene Wisse, Part 7 110
  • Guide for Anchoresses, Part 7 111
  • Ancrene Wisse, Part 8 130
  • Guide for Anchoresses, Part 8 131
  • Textual Commentary 150
  • Glossary 166
  • List of Proper Names 217
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