Excerpt from Middle English Humorous Tales in Verse
I wish it were possible more fully to share the pleasures of the chase enjoyed in tracing the courses followed by these three stories. The hunt for sources and parallels has led, now into arid compilations like those by John... of Bromyard and Vincent of Beauvais, again into the midst of the luxuriant oriental fictions of Nachshebi and Soma deva, again among the fresh folk-tales of Saxon, Breton, Finn, Berber, and American Negro. I realize that the pleasures of the hunt are not easily communicable, but it is my hope that some of the trophies of the hunt, mounted and arranged in the introduction to this volume, may have a scientific value.
In the texts of the present volume the capitalization and the punctuation are modern, except in the case of proper names, in which the manuscript form has been reproduced. Abbreviations also have been expanded. In other respects it has been my aim to reproduce the manuscript textsvi i5am.
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