Religious Lyrics of the XLVth Century

Religious Lyrics of the XLVth Century

Religious Lyrics of the XLVth Century

Religious Lyrics of the XLVth Century

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The present collection of lyrics is to be followed-- within a short time, it is hoped--by similar collections from the thirteenth century and the fifteenth. Accordingly, I have thought it better to postpone a full Introduction to the fourteenth-century material here presented until it can be discussed in connexion with the lyrics which preceded and followed. Meantime these texts are offered as documents useful in themselves as illustrating the important contribution of this century to the development of the English lyric.

The collection makes no pretension to completeness. Of the conventional types of devotional verse only representative examples are given, for to have included the whole body of those poems would have greatly expanded the volume without increasing appreciably its value. My objects have been to publish hitherto unprinted material; to offer better texts of poems already printed from inferior MSS.; to give trustworthy texts of poems that have been printed inaccurately; to bring together texts that are found in scattered and often inaccessible publications; above all, to represent the lyrical development of the century.

It is, of course, difficult, indeed impossible, to mark off exact boundary lines at the years 1300 and 1400 so as to include only poems composed within those limits. In an age when literary production was for . . .

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