By Kenneth Sisam, J. R. R. Tolkien
This hugely revered anthology of medieval English literature positive aspects a variety of well-chosen extracts of poetry and prose, including popular stories from Arthurian legend and classical mythology, in addition to the allegorical poem "Piers Plowman" and John Wycliffe's translation of the Bible. comprises notes on each one extract, appendices, and an intensive thesaurus through J. R. R. Tolkien.
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Belgium! I repeat the word, now as I sit alone near midnight. It stirs my world of the past like a summons to resurrection; the graves unclose, the dead are raised; thoughts, feelings, memories that slept, are seen by me ascending from the clods—haloed most of them—but while I gaze on their vapoury forms, and strive to ascertain definitely their outline, the sound which wakened them dies, and they sink, each and all, like a light wreath of mist, absorbed in the mould, recalled to urns, resealed in monuments.
Meat with tea! you’ll die I RE-ENTERED THE TOWN a hungry man; the dinner I had forgotten recurred seductively to my recollection; and it was with a quick step and sharp appetite I ascended the narrow street leading to my lodgings. It was dark when I opened the front door and walked into the house. I wondered how my fire would be; the night was cold, and I shuddered at the prospect of a grate full of sparkless cinders. To my joyful surprise, I found, on entering my sitting-room, a good fire and a clean hearth.
It was as I thought: Hunsden had expected me to take with calm his incorrect and offensive surmises, his bitter and haughty taunts; and himself was chafed by a laugh, scarce louder than a whisper. His brow darkened, his thin nostril dilated a little. “Yes,” he began, “I told you that you were an aristocrat, and who but an aristocrat would laugh such a laugh as that, and look such a look? A laugh frigidly jeering; a look lazily mutinous; gentlemanlike irony, patrician resentment. What a nobleman you would have made, William Crimsworth!
A Middle English Reader and Vocabulary by Kenneth Sisam, J. R. R. Tolkien