Medieval Lyric: Middle English Lyrics, Ballads, and Carols

Medieval Lyric: Middle English Lyrics, Ballads, and Carols

Editor(s): John C. Hirsh

Published Online: 14 JAN 2008

Print ISBN: 9781405114813

Online ISBN: 9780470756164

DOI: 10.1002/9780470756164

About this Book

Medieval Lyric is a colourful collection of lyrical poems, carols, and traditional British ballads written between the thirteenth and fifteenth centuries, together with some twentieth-century American versions of them.


  • A lively and engaging collection of lyrical poems, carols, and traditional British ballads written in between the thirteenth and fifteenth centuries, together with some twentieth-century American versions of them.
  • Introduces readers to the rich variety of Middle English poetry.
  • Presents poems of mourning and of celebration, poems dedicated to the Blessed Virgin and to Christ, poems inviting or disparaging love, poems about sex, and more.
  • Reader-friendly - uses modernized letter forms, punctuation and capitalization, and side glosses explaining difficult words.
  • Opens with a substantial introduction by the editor to the medieval lyric as a genre, and features short introductions to each section and poem.
  • Also includes an annotated bibliography, glossary, index of first lines, and list of manuscripts cited.

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