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An Anglo-Saxon Reader in Prose and Verse: With Grammar, Metre, Notes and Glossary

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An excellent introduction to Old English, this book begins with an elementary grammar, ably preparing students for the thirty-four texts that follow. Among the carefully selected stories, verses and histories can be found a wide sampling of dialects: West Saxon, Northumbrian, late and early Kentish and early Mercian. A comprehensive glossary is included.
Hardcover, 310 pages
Published April 18th 2005 by Kegan Paul International (first published 1925)
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Nikki
Jan 15, 2013 Nikki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Again, not a find you'd expect me to come across in a Belgian bookshop, but nonetheless, I did. It's a good collection of a miscellany of prose and verse pieces of Anglo-Saxon, including an extract from Beowulf, The Battle of Maldon, Caedmon's hymn, etc. Unlike the more modern reader I have, it doesn't have a glossary side by side with the text, which encourages me to do a little more work. Will definitely be utilising this in my plan to brush up on my Anglo-Saxon again.
dragonhelmuk
May 06, 2013 dragonhelmuk rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kindled for free. I was reading this book to try and get some passive Old English vocabulary, after finishing all the grammar exercises by C. Smith (http://web.uvic.ca/hrd/oe/docs/oe_gra...) - Those grammar exercises are excellent by the way, they are almost unique for learning old english from scratch.

Since I was trying to pick up vocabularly passively I did not stop to look up words in dictionaries, so it was really useful that lots of the stories were biblical and ones which everyone knows, t
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Will
May 08, 2015 Will rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
"And la, hu mæg mare scamu þurh Godes yrre mannum gelimpan þonne us deð gelome for agenum gewyrhtum? Ðeh þræla hwylc hlaforde æthleape and of cristendome to wicinge weorþe, and hit æfter þam eft geweorþe þæt wæpngewrixl weorðe gemæne þegene and þræle, gif þræl þæne þegen fullice afylle, licge ægylde ealre his mægðe; and, gif se þegen þæne þræl þe he ær ahte fullice afylle, gylde þegengylde. Ful earhlice laga and scandlice nydgyld þurh Godes yrre us syn gemæne, understande se þe cunne; and fela u ...more
Chris
Apr 05, 2007 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Reading Beowulf in the orignal is just as much fun as you would think; unfortunately, Beade's Translation of Boethius is, likewise, just as much fun as you would think. Still, OE is such a cool language - besides singular and plural, they have a dual mode for verbs which you use when refering to "you and I".
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Henry Sweet (15 September 1845 – 30 April 1912) was an English philologist, phonetician and grammarian.

As a philologist, he specialized in the Germanic languages, particularly Old English and Old Norse. In addition, Sweet published works on larger issues of phonetics and grammar in language and the teaching of languages. Many of his ideas have remained influential, and a number of his works contin
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