Cover

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Title Page, Other Works in the Series, Copyright

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Contents

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Acknowledgments

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pp. vii-viii

This edition began almost thirty years ago as the dissertation project of Chadwick B. Hilton Jr. at the University of Tennessee, where I served as his advisor. Chad and his wife, B. Jane Stanfield, who also worked with me, participated in research projects of mutual interest that led to several publications. They now have completed successful careers...

Short Titles and Other Abbreviations

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pp. ix-x

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Introduction

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pp. 1-86

Seasons for Fasting is a stanzaic poem composed in Old English probably in the early eleventh century by an anonymous poet. Its language, style, metrics, and sources place SF in the company of late Old English ecclesiastical poetry and prose, especially poetry translated from the Latin, such as Creed and Judgment Day II.
As implied by its modern title, the...

Seasons for Fasting

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pp. 87-102

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Seasons for Fasting Translation

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pp. 103-110

Note: This is a literal translation of the poem, tied to the Glossary and scholarly interpretations of difficult passages. Clarifications are included within parentheses as necessary.

I. (ll. 1–8)
In former days the people of Israel were, by Moses the famous teacher, enlightened and taught just as the Lord of Life, high King of the heavens, here in life by his own word...

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Commentary

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pp. 111-136

1. Israhela: Nw israheala This is the first of four readings in lines 1–7a emended to agree with Wanley’s transcription of the passage, following the arguments of Sisam, “Seasons of Fasting” (59 and n 1) and Heyworth (358–59) for Wanley’s superiority as a copyist. The ultimate source of stanza I is Exodus 3:7–9.
2. þurh Moysen: Per Dobbie’s note, 194–95, Moysen is declined in the...

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Preface to Glossary

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pp. 137-137

The glossary presents an alphabetized list comprising every occurrence of each word in Seasons for Fasting. Headwords indicate the nominative singular form of most nouns, exceptions being those nouns found only in plural form. Verbs are listed by the infinitive form. Pronouns are grouped under the nominative singular form for each person, demonstrative, or...

List of Abbreviations in Glossary

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pp. 138-138

Seasons for Fasting Glossary

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pp. 139-158

Bibliography

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pp. 159-177

Index to Manuscripts

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pp. 178-178

General Index

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pp. 179-181

About the Author, Back Cover

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p. 182