John the Blind Audelay: Poems and Carols [Paperback]

Susanna Greer Fein (Editor)

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ISBN: 9781580441315 | Published by: Medieval Institute Publications | Year of Publication: 2009 | Language: English 404p,

John the Blind Audelay: Poems and Carols


Audelay’s idiosyncratic devotional tastes, interesting personal life history, and declared political affiliations—loyalty to king, upholder of estates, anxiety over heresy—make him worthy of careful study beside his better-known contemporaries. Of particular note: MS Douce 302 preserves Audelay’s own alliterative Marcolf and Solomon, a poem thought to be descended from Langland’s Piers Plowman. The Audelay Manuscript also contains unique copies of other alliterative poems of the ornate style seen in Gawain and the Green Knight and The Pistel of Swete Susan. These pieces are Paternoster and Three Dead Kings, both set at the end of the book. Whether or not they are Audelay’s own compositions, they seem certain to be his own selections. Audelay also displays a persistent habit of sequencing materials in generic and devotionally affective ways. His is a pious sensibility delicately honed by reverence for the liturgy and by an awe of God. That Audelay’s poetry can awaken us to new poetic sensitivities in medieval devotional verse is reason enough to bring him into the ambit of canonical fifteenth-century English poets.

Table of Contents

The Counsel of Conscience
[X.] True Living
XI. Marcolf and Solomon
[XV.] The Remedy of Nine Virtues
XVI. Seven Bleedings of Christ
XVII. Prayer on Christ’s Passion
XVIII. The Psalter of the Passion
XIX. Seven Words of Christ on the Cross
XX. Devotions at the Levation of Christ’s Body
XXI. Virtues of the Mass
XXII. For Remission of Sins
XXIII. Visiting the Sick and Consoling the Needy
Blind Audelay’s English Passion
XXIIII. Pope John’s Passion of Our Lord
XXV. Our Lord’s Epistle on Sunday
XXVI. The Vision of Saint Paul
XXVII. The Lord’s Mercy
XXVIII. Devotions to Jesus and Mary His Mother
XXIX. Other Devotions to Mary
XXX. Song of the Magnificat
XXXI. Salutation to Saint Bridget
XXXII. Devotions to Saint Winifred
XXXIII. Devotions to Saint Anne
XXXIIII. Meditation on the Holy Face
XXXV. Carol Sequence
Meditative Close
XXXVI. Devotional Prose
XXXVII. Paternoster
XXXVIII. Three Dead Kings
Latin Poem Cur Mundus Miletat sub vana Gloria
Audelay’s Conclusion
Explanatory Notes
Textual Notes
Index of Biblical References
Line Indices

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