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SPECIMENS OF ENGLISH LITERATURE.
ANGLO-SAXON, SEMI-SAXON, AND OLD ENGLISH LITERATURE
1.—CAEDMON, A. D. 650. The Creation. (Manual, p. 26.)
(From Guest's English Rhythms, vol. ii. p. 32.)
1 Fremde has a double ending in the nominative -- one v swel, the other consonantal.
Idel, A. S., barren, idle. Deserts idle.- Othello Idle pebbles. - Lear.
Seman is the active verb; semian, I believe, is always neuter. In Caedmon 4.
Wan, in the sense of dismal, was long known to our poetry:
Min is the drenching in the sea so wan. -
Chaucer, Knightes Tale.