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"Cover image of The Owl and the Nightingale and the English Poems of Oxford, Jesus College, MS 29 (II), edited and translated by Susanna Fein: Man and owl in a bush opposite a chirping bird; flock fluttering above. The Howard Psalter; ca. 1308–1340; London, British Library, MS Arundel 83, fol. 14r, detail. Photo: © The British Library."

"The Owl and the Nightingale" and the English Poems of Oxford, Jesus College, MS 29 (II)

Edited and translated by Susanna Fein

An edition of the early Middle English verse sequence contained in the thirteenth-century Oxford Jesus College MS 29 (II) with accompanying translations in Modern English and scholarly introduction and apparatus. The sequence is varied in subject, with poems of religious exhortation set beside others of secular pragmatism. Included are: "The Owl and the Nightingale," "Poema Morale," "The Proverbs of Alfred," Thomas of Hales’s "Love Rune," "The Eleven Pains of Hell," the prose "Shires and Hundreds of England," the lengthy "Passion of Jesus Christ in English," and twenty-one additional lyrics, most of them uniquely preserved in this manuscript. Made in the West Midlands, the Jesus 29 manuscript is the lengthiest all-English verse collection known to exist in the period between the Exeter Book and the Harley Lyrics.

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