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

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Ancrene Wisse, Part 8

Biuoren on earst Ich seide pet 3e ne schulden nawiht as i vu bihaten for te halden nan of pe uttre riwlen; pet ilke Ich segge 3etten. Ne nane ne write Ich ham buten ow ane. Ich segge pis forpi pet opre ancren ne seggen nawt pet Ich purh mi meistrie makie ham neowe

Riwle. Ne bidde Ich nawt pet ha halden ham; ah 3e 3et moten5
changin, hwen se 3e eauer wulleð, peose for betere. A3ein pinges pe beoð biuoren, of ham is lutel strengðe.

Of sihðe ant of speche, ant of pe opre wittes, is inoh iseid. Nu is pis leaste dale, as Ich bihet on earst, todealet ant isundret o lutle seoue

stucchen.10

Me let leasse of pe ping pet me haueð ofte. Forpi ne schule 3e beon bute as ure breðren beoð ihuslet inwið tweolf moneð fiftene siðen: (i) Midwinter Dei (ii) Tweofte Dei (iii) Condelmeasse Dei (iiii) a Sunnedei midwei bitweonen pet ant Easter, oðer Ure Leafdi Dei 3ef

he is neh pe Sunnedei, for pe hehnesse (v) Easter Dei (vi) pe pridde15
Sunnedei prefter | (vii) Hali Pursdei (viii) Witsunnedei (ix) Midsumer [111v] Dei (x) Seinte Marie Dei Magdaleine (xi) pe Assumptiun (xii) pe Natiuite (xiii) Seinte Mihales Dei (xiiii) Alle Halhene Dei (xv) Seint Andrews Dei. A3ein alle peose beoð cleanliche ischriuene ant
neomeð disceplines -- neauer pah of na mon bute of ow seoluen -- ant20
forgað an dei ower pitance. 3ef ewt ilimpeð misliche pet 3e ne beon nawt ihuslet i peose isette tearmes, beoð hit pe neste Sunnedei; oðer 3ef pe oper terme is neh, abideð apet tenne.

3e schulen eoten from Easter apet te Hali Rode Dei pe leatere, pe

is in heruest, euche dei twien bute pe Fridahes ant Umbridahes,25
3ongdahes ant uigilies. I peos dahes ne i pe Aduent ne schule 3e nawt eoten hwit bute neode hit makie. Pe oper half-3er feasten al, bute Sunnedahes ane, hwen 3e beoð in heale ant i ful strengðe; ah riwle ne tweast nawt seke ne blodletene.

3e ne schulen nawt eoten flesch ne seim bute for muche secnesse,30
oðer hwa se is ouer-feble. Potage eoteð bliðeliche, ant wunicð ow to lutel drunch. Noðeles, leoue sustren, ower mete ant ower drunch

26-7 ant . . . dahesi CFNT, similar wording in LP, om. A

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Table of contents

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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