The Squyr Of Lowe Degre, A Middle English Metrical Romance: Edited In All The Extant Forms, With Introduction, Nous, And Glossary (Classic Reprint).pdf
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By: William Edward Mead (Author)
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Among the minor verse romances of the late Middle Ages few exceed in interest The Squyr of Lowe Degre. Yet for some reason it has been generally neglected by students and historians of English literature. Apart from a few remarks by Warton in his History of English Poetry, some observations by Ritson prefatory to his reprint of Copland's sixteenth-century edition, a page or two by Hazlitt by way of introduction to his edition of the poem, and a few scattering remarks elsewhere, it is scarcely mentioned. In some elaborate histories of early English literature it is passed over without a word. The belief entertained by some scholars that Chaucer was glancing at it in his Sir Thopas has brought out an occasional remark, but the only attempt before the present study to deal with the romance in some detail is a recent German doctor's dissertation.
The present account considers a variety of matters treated elsewhere very briefly or not at all. A word of comment will show what has been here attempted.
In the summer of 1901 I collated the printed editions of the Copland and Percy texts with the originals in the British Museum. Hazlitt's blunders in his edition of C betray editorial negligence. Hales and Furnivall's edition of P in Bishop Percy's Folio MS. is remarkably accurate.
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