Andreas: The Legend of St. Andrew

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Author: Unknown
Published: 1899
Language: English
Wordcount: 17,991 / 61 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 68.4
LoC Category: BL
Downloads: 1,430
Added to site: 2005.03.02
mnybks.net#: 9890
Genres: Religion, Poetry

Translated from the Old English by Robert Kilburn Root 1899.

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ong dialogue of Andrew and the Lord at sea, moves steadily towards the end with considerable variety of action. If the characterization is crude, the descriptions are vivid, the speeches are often vigorous, and the treatment of nature is throughout charming. It seems to me eminently suited by its subject and manner to stand as an example of the Old English religious epic, an example of a form of literature with which every serious student of our English poetry should be familiar. For English literature does not begin with Chaucer. He who would understand it well must know it also in its purer English form before the coming of the Normans.

[Sidenote: The Argument.]

It only remains to give a brief synopsis of the poem. It has fallen to the lot of Matthew to preach the Gospel to the cannibal Mermedonians; they seize him and his company, binding him and casting him into prison, where he is to remain until his turn comes to be eaten (1-58). He prays to God for help, and the Lord sends Andrew to

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