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Title Page

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

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pp. 9-10

I should like to thank first of all those teachers who aroused my interest in biblical paraphrases and encouraged me at various stages in my study: J. D. Pheiffer of Trinity College, Dublin, L. M. Eldredge of the University of Ottawa, and especially A. P. Campbell of the University of Ottawa whose love for Cursor Mundi encouraged me to take on this work. I must also thank the staffs of various libraries for their constant...

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Introduction

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pp. 11-28

The Cursor Mundi is a verse history of the world, based on scripture, telling the story of mankind from Creation until Doomsday. The poem, which is almost 24,000 lines long in some versions, was written by an unknown poet in the north of England about 1300. Although the original composition has not survived, it was copied many times over the next 150 years, and is now extant...

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Introduction to This Volume: Sources

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pp. 29-32

It is not possible to document in a short space the CM poet's indebtedness to each of his sources. When composing his poem, he apparently sat with several books open before him, choosing lines from each one to be combined in his own narrative. The major sources, aside from the text of the Vulgate, which the poet has used for the Old Testament section of his work...

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pp. 33-338

LIST OF ABBREVIATIONS USED

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pp. 339-341

EXPLANATORY NOTES

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pp. 341-411

APPENDIX A: Errors in Morris' Texts

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pp. 412-420

BIBLIOGRAPHY

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pp. 421-432