Excerpt from Beowulf: Edited With Textual Foot-Notes, Index of Proper Names, and Alphabetical Glossary
A lengthy apology for preparing an English edition of the Beowulf is perhaps hardly necessary. The earlier English editions are long since out of print, and the poem has the... refore been almost uriobtainable, except in the German editions of Heyne and Holder. Excellent as these may be in several ways, they are ill adapted for the average English student, besides having one or more very marked defects. Holder's foot-notes are as unreliable as his text is reliable. Heyne's glossary, like that of most German editions, stands self-condemned, in that he fro quently forgets the absurd, artificial order of letters on which it is based. Furthermore, his glossary amounts to a translation; and this of itself tends to rob the work of much of its educative value for the serious student.
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