Early English Alliterative Poems: In the West-Midland Dialect of the Fourteenth Century

Early English Alliterative Poems: In the West-Midland Dialect of the Fourteenth Century

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Early English Alliterative Poems: In the West-Midland Dialect of the Fourteenth Century

Early English Alliterative Poems: In the West-Midland Dialect of the Fourteenth Century

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The following poems are taken from a well known manuscript in the Cottonian collection, marked Nero A x, which also contains, in the same handwriting and dialect, a metrical romance, wherein the adventures of SirGawayne with the Knight in Green, are most ably and interestingly described.

Unfortunately nothing can be affirmed with any certainty concerning the authorship of these most valuable and interesting compositions. The editor of Syr Gawayn and the Green Knight considers that Huchowne, a supposed Scotch maker of the fourteenth century, has the best claims to be recognised as the author, inasmuch as he is specially referred to by Wyntown as the writer of the Gret gest of Arthure and the Awntyre of Gawayne.

I do not think that any certain conclusions are to be drawn from the Scotch historian's assertion. It is well known that more versifiers than one during the fourteenth century attempted romance composition in the English language, having for their theme the knightly deeds of Arthur or Sir Gawayne. These they compiled from French originals, from which they selected the most striking incidents and those best suited to an Englishman's taste for the marvellous. We are not sur-

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