Medieval Lyric: Middle English Lyrics, Ballads, and Carols / Edition 1

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Medieval Lyric is a collection of lyrical poems, carols, and traditional British ballads written primarily between the thirteenth and fifteenth centuries, together with some twentieth-century American versions of the ballads. The volume introduces readers to the variety of Middle English poetry and include poems of mourning, and of celebration, poems dedicated to the Blessed Virgin and to Christ, poems inviting or disparaging love, poems about sex and more.
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"A very attractive anthology, notable for its variety and the careful and expert way it has been designed for the use of students."
Douglas Gray

"Students will particularly value the range of critical material cited."
—Valerie Edden, University of Birmingham, Modern Language Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405114820
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 9/20/2004
  • Series: Blackwell Critical Biographies Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

John C. Hirsh is Professor of English at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. His previous publications include Chaucer and the Canterbury Tales (Blackwell, 2003), The Boundaries of Faith: The Development and Transmission of Medieval Spirituality (1996), The Revelations of Margery Kempe: Paramystical Practices in Late Medieval England (1989), and Hope Emily Allen: Medieval Scholarship and Feminism (1988). He has also edited Barlam and Iosaphat (1986) for the Early English Text Society.

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Table of Contents

I Poems of mourning, fear, and apprehension 21
1 O glorius God, redemer of mankynde 23
2 Mirie it is while sumer i-last 24
3 Now goth sonne vnder wod 25
4 If man him bithocte 26
5 Wen the turuf is thi tuur 27
6 As I went in a mery mornyng 28
7 Thegh thou habbe casteles and toures 30
II Poems of joy and celebration 33
8 Svmer is i-cumen in 35
9 Adam lay i-bowndyn 38
10 My gostly fadir, Y me confesse 41
11 Lett no man cum into this hall 42
12 Witte hath wondir that resoun ne telle kan 44
III Poems inscribed to the Blessed Virgin 45
13 I syng of a mayden 47
14 Of on that is so fayr and brigt 49
15 Haill, Quene of Hevin and Steren of Blis 51
16 I saw a fayr mayden 52
IV Poems of narrative reflection 55
17 In the vaile of restles mynd 57
18 Alas, alas, and alas, why 62
19 I wolde witen of sum wys wiht 64
V Poems whose meanings are hidden (but not necessarily unknown) 71
20 Maiden in the mor lay 73
21 Foweles in the frith 77
22 Ich am of Irlaunde 79
23 I seche a youthe that eldyth noght 80
24 He bare hym vp, he bare hym down 81
VI Poems about Christ's life and passion 85
25 A child is boren amonges man 89
26 Al other loue is lych the mone 91
27 Wose seye on rode 93
28 O man vnkynde 94
29 Ihesu, my spowse good and trewe 97
30 Causa materialis huius rubricacionis est 98
VII Poems inviting or disparaging love 99
31 Bytuene Mersh and Aueril 101
32 Goe, lytyll byll, and doe me recommende 103
33 I haue a yong suster 105
34 Goo, lyttell ryng, to that ylke suehte 107
35 Vnto you, most froward, this lettre I write 108
36 O fresch floure, most plesant of pryse 110
VIII Poems about sex 113
37 Westron wynde, when wyll thow blow 115
38 Al nist by the rose, Rose 117
39 I haue a gentil cok 118
40 Ladd Y the daunce 119
IX Ballads 123
41 Sir Patrick Spens 133
Patrick Spencer (American version) 137
42 Bonnie Barbara Allan 139
Barbara Allen (American version) 142
43 Lord Randal 144
Jimmy Randal (American version) 147
44 The unquiet grave 149
The wind blew up, the wind blew down (American version) 152
45 The three ravens 154
Willie McGee McGaw (American version) 156
X Carols 157
46 Go day, Syre Cristemas, our kyng 159
47 I shall you tell a gret mervayll 161
48 Off seruyng men I wyll begyne 163
49 Owre kynge went forth to Normandy 165
50 As the holly grouth grene 167
App. A Some lyrics of Geoffrey Chaucer 169
App. B Poems of William Hereberet, Richard Rolle, and John Audelay 183
App. C Three poems from the Findern Anthology 200
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