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

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Hali Meiðhad
Epistel of meidenhad meidene froure

| Avdi, filia, et uide, et inclina aurem tuam; et obliuiscere populum tuum et[52v]domum patris tui. Dauið Þe psalmwruhte spekeð i Þe Sawter towart Godes spuse -- Þet is, euch meiden Þet haueð meið Þeawes -- ant seið: 'Iher me, dohter, bihald ant bei Þin eare; ant forʒet ti folc ant tines feader hus.'5

Nim ʒeme hwet euch word beo sunderliche to seggen. 'Iher me, dohter,' he seið. 'Dohter' he cleopeð hire forÞi Þet ha understonde Þet he hire luueliche liues luue leareð, as feader ah his dohter; ant heo him as hire feader Þe bliÞeluker lustni. 'Iher me, deore dohter': Þet is, 'ʒeorne lustne me wið earen of Þin heauet.' 'Ant bihald': Þet is,10 'opene to understonde me Þe ehnen of Þin heorte.' 'Ant bei Þin eare': Þet is, 'beo buhsum to mi lare.' Ha mei ondswerien ant seggen, 'Ant hwet is nu Þis late Þet tu nimest se deopliche, ant learst me se ʒeorne?' Low, Þis: 'Forʒet ti folc ant tines feader hus.'

'Þi folc' he cleopeð, Dauið, Þe gederunge inwið Þe of fleschliche15Þonkes, Þe leaðieð Þe ant dreaieð wið hare procunges to flesliche fulðen, to licomliche lustes, ant eggið Þe to brudlac ant to weres cluppunge, ant makieð Þe to Þenchen hwuch delit were Þrin, hwuch eise i Þe richedom Þet Þeos leafdis habbeð, hu muche god mahte of inker streon | awakenin. A, fals folc of swikel read, as Þi muð uleð, as20[53r]Þu schawest forð al Þet god Þuncheð, ant helest al Þet bittre bale Þet ter lið under, ant al Þet muchele lure Þet terof ariseð! 'Forʒet al Þis folc, mi deorewurðe dohter,' seið Dauið Þe witege: Þet is, 'Þes Þonkes warp ut of Þin heorte.' Pis is Babilones folc, Þe deofles here of helle, Þet is umbe for te leaden into Þe worldes Þeowdom Syones dohter.25

'Syon' wes sumhwile icleopet Þe hehe tur of Ierusalem; ant 'Syon' seið ase muchel on Englische ledene ase 'heh sihðe'. Ant bitacneð Þis tur Þe hehnesse of meiðhad, Þe bihald as of heh alle widewen under hire ant weddede baðe. For Þeos, ase flesches Þrealles, beoð i worldes

3 meið] meiið B 6 word] worʒ B 9 lustni] lustin B 10 ʒeorne] ʒeornne B 12 Ha . . . seggen] T, om. B 14 ʒeorne] ʒeone B 15 gederunge] ʒederunge B 16 hare] har B 18 makieð] makied B 19 god] T, om. B 21 bittre] bittri B 22 ter lið under] T, is Þerunder B 23 deorewurðe] deorewrðe B 26-7 'Syon' seið] Syon B, seið Syon T; E. G. Stanley 29 worldes] worlddes B

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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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