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"Bestiaries and Lapidaries"
L. Oscar Kuhns
in Library Of The World's Best Literature, Ancient And Modern, Vol 4, London: Connoisseur Edition, 1896
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A brief introduction to bestiaries and lapidaries, followed by a loose translation of Le Bestiaire of Guillaume Le Clerc.

"The following extracts from the Bestiaries are translated from 'Le Bestiaire' of Guillaume Le Clerc, composed in the year 1210 (edited by Le Bestiaire: Das Thierbuch des normannischen Dichters Guillaume le Clerc, zum ersten Male vollständig nach den andschriften von London, Paris und Berlin (Leipzig, 1892) Dr. Robert Reinsch, Leipzig, 1890). While endeavoring to retain somewhat of the quaintness and naïveté of the original, I have omitted those repetitions and tautological expressions which are so characteristic of mediaeval literature. The religious application of the various animals is usually very long, and often is the mere repetition of the same idea. The symbolical meaning of the lion here given may be taken as a type of all the rest." - Kuhns

Also available from Project Gutenberg (EBook #13220), among others.

Language: English

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