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Ælfric and late Old English verse

  • Thomas A. Bredehoft (a1)

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In his discussion of the formal structures characteristic of Ælfric's ‘rhythmical prose’ style, John C. Pope prints the following passage from Ælfric's homily on Cuthbert, calling attention especially to the pointing, given as it appears in Cambridge, University Library, Gg. 3. 28 (?Cerne, s. x/xi):

Ac an ðære fugela. eft fleogende com.

ymbe ðry dagas. þearle dreorig.

fleah to his foton. friðes biddende.

þæt he on ðam lande. lybban moste.

symle unscæððig. and his gefera samod.

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