Romance, vision & satire Volume 3; English alliterative poems of the fourteenth century

Press: (May 11, 2012)
Author Name:Weston, Jessie Laidlay


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1912 Excerpt: ...awoke him.
woeful all to hear, And, roughly ringing, roared within his ear: 'Arise,' it quoth: 'and run, nor make delay, Speed forth to Nineveh, thy speech let stay, And through that city cry, in street and square, That which I bid thee speak that hour, nor spare.
For well I wot the dwellers wicked be, Their malice much, nor more I would them see; But vengeance on their villainy and venom wreak.
Hie thither hastily, mine errand speak!' Whenas that sound was still, that marvel brought.
Wrathful he waxed, and, angry, thus he thought 'If I His bidding do, bring them this tale, Be ta'en in Nineveh, 't will be my bale; He telleth me those traitors fierce shall be, Bear I these tidings, they'1l lay hands on me, Pen me in prison, in the stocks to pine, Bind fast in fetters, blind these eyes of mine, A message marvellous for man to bear To foes, and to accursed fiends declare! Methinks my God doth will my grief and pain, For some desert I 'm destined to be slain.' 'Nay,' quoth the prophet, 'for no peril I Approach the city, but away will fly, I will to Tarsus, tarry there, and hide, When I be lost, lightly He'1l let me bide.' Then swift by rising, rapidly doth speed Jonah to Jaffa, chafing at the need, Swearing for naught he'1d suffer such sore pain,--The Father, who him formed, tho' He were fain To help--'Our Sire who sits on seat so high In glory glowing, little shall espy Tho' I in Nineveh all naked stand, Rent on the rood, by many a ribald hand.' So passes he to port, passage to pay, Finds a fair ship ready to sail straightway, Speaks with the sailors, payeth them, forthright, To take him swift to Tarsus, an they might.
He trade the deck, and they their gear uptake,, Catch up the cross-sail, fast the cables make; Winding the windlass, do the anchors weigh, Swif...

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