Excerpt from An Anglo-Saxon Reader in Prose and Verse: With Grammatical Introduction, Notes, and Glossary
In a work of limited extent like the present it is necessary to exercise definite principles of selection both as regards the texts themselves and their illustration and ... elucidation. Hence the exclusion of all dialectal specimens, both as requiring a disproportionate amount of comment, and as tending to confuse the student's ideas. Hence also the absence of antiquarian and historical elucidation. There can be no question that the first object of all who occupy themselves with Old English literature, whether with a view to the literature itself, to historical investigations, or to a better understanding of the development of the English language generally, must be to acquire a sound elementary knowledge of the language itself. Everything else will then follow naturally.
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