The Life of Wiclef

The Life of Wiclef

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1832 edition. Excerpt: ... tenth century, and who laid before his countrymen, in their own language, considerable portions of the Old Testament histories'. Even this work, however, is very far from a complete version. In many parts it is rather an abridgment, which gives merely the substance of the precepts enforced, and the facts recorded, by the sacred writers. To these, indeed, may be added a few manuscripts of the Psalter in Saxon and Latin, of uncertain date, but which may, probably, be assigned to the period of the Conquest; and three manuscripts of the Gospels, in the Anglo-Norman dialect, of which the earliest may have been composed during the reign of the Conqueror, and the other two somewhere about the time of Henry II. It is obvious, from the above statement, that attempts like these, even if executed with the utmost fidelity and correctness, being in an obsolete dialect, must have been entirely unserviceable in making the people of England, in the fourteenth century, acquainted with the contents of the holy Scriptures. It will, also, be found that subsequent undertakings i The list is as follows. The Pentateuch, Joshua, Judges, some part of the books of Kings, Esther, Job, Judith, and the two books of the Maccabees. See Baber's Hist. Acc. p. lxii. lxiii. 9 of the same nature had very imperfectly supplied the defect. The earliest of these monuments, after the Saxon times, is a paraphrase of the Gospels and Acts of the Apostles, entitled " Ormulum," TheOrmulum., (from the name of its author, Orme, or Ormin) written in imitation of Saxon poetry, without rhyme, but in the English language, in its very infancy. Next to this stands a curious volume, of prodigious size, entitled' Sowle-hele, (or Soul's health) which has heen referred to a period shortly anterior to...show more

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  • Paperback | 128 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 240g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236658426
  • 9781236658425