English Medieval Religious Lyrics
Edited by Douglas Gray
Subjects: Medieval Studies
Provides a representative sample of the major genres of English medieval religious lyric. The arrangement of the texts should be an important part of its value as an instrument of teaching and understanding, and the notes are extensive.
The Crucifixion, from an English Missal of 1461: Bodleian Library, MS. Digby 227, f. 113v, Frontispiece; INTRODUCTION, vii; SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY, xiii; OTHER ABBREVIATIONS, xvii; LIST OF MANUSCRIPTS AND LOCATIONS, xix; TEXTS; Numbers; 1-3. The Fall. The Promise of Redemption, 1; 4-16. Annunciation and Nativity, 3; 17-21. The Passion of Christ, 15; 22-5. Mary at the Foot of the Cross, 18; 26-30. Complaints of Christ, 25; 31-6. The Memory of Christ's Passion, 31; 37-40. The Triumph of Christ, 35; 41-5. Christ's Love for Sinful Man, 39; 46-9. Songs of Love-longing, 47; 50-4. Prayers to Christ, 51; 55-65. Prayers and Poems to the Virgin Mary, 57; 66-70. Prayers to Saints and the Guardian Angel, 73; 71-2. Mysteries of the Faith, 77; 73-6. Christian Hope and Joy, 78; 77-80. Penitence and the Christian Life, 80; 81-90. The Frail Life of Man. The Last Things, 83; 91-2. The Pilgrim's Final Rest, 95. NOTES, 98; GLOSSARY, 157; LATIN WORDS AND PHRASES OCCURRING IN THE LYRICS, 171; INDEX OF FIRST LINES, 173.
“The choice of texts is admirable... providing a representative sampling of all the major genres of religious lyric.” (Modern Language Review)