Excerpt from Liber Psalmorum: Being the Prose Portion, or the 'First Fifty, ' of the So-Called Paris Psalter
The west-saxon Psalms (as the prose portion of the Paris Psalter is here named) have been accessible hitherto only in the unique manuscript and in the first edition, now long out of print, which was prepared by Benjamin Thorpe in the year I 83 5.
The present edition will be completed, as the title-page announces, with an Introduction, in which all preceding study of these Psalms will be reviewed, and some prob lems relating to the character and to the sources of the version will be carried beyond their present state. But hindrances to be overcome in tracing records through rare books have delayed the final revision of some chapters of this Introduction the whole of it has therefore, for a short time, been withheld from publication. In the meanwhile the newly edited text may be welcomed in a limited edition of advanced copies. The entire series of the Rubrics and the carefully selected text of the entire series of the Argu menta, which constitute the immediate source of both the Rubrics and the anglo-saxon Introductions, will surely be accepted as indispensable and the readings of the se cond copy of the Introductions (ms. Cotton, Vitellius E. XVIII) will be observed with some share of the interest that is elicited by fresh discoveries.
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