The Owl and the Nightingale and the English Poems of Jesus College MS 29 (II)

The Owl and the Nightingale and the English Poems of Jesus College MS 29 (II)

Susanna Fein, Kent State University

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This title has been made available open access at the Middle English Text Series (METS) website by permission of the Executive Committee of The Teaching Association for Medieval Studies (TEAMS) and The Medieval Institute at Western Michigan University. The TEAMS Middle English Text Series is published for TEAMS in association with the University of Rochester by Medieval Institute Publications. Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan and is supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities; the University of Rochester's Rossell Hope Robbins Library, River Campus Libraries, Department of English, and School of Arts and Sciences; and TEAMS.


An edition of the early Middle English verse sequence contained in the thirteenth-century Oxford Jesus College MS 29 (II) with accompanying translations in Modern English and scholarly introduction and apparatus. The sequence is varied in subject, with poems of religious exhortation set beside others of secular pragmatism. Included are: The Owl and the Nightingale, Poema Morale, The Proverbs of Alfred, Thomas of Hales’s Love Rune, The Eleven Pains of Hell, the prose Shires and Hundreds of England, the lengthy Passion of Jesus Christ in English, and twenty-one additional lyrics, most of them uniquely preserved in this manuscript. Made in the West Midlands, the Jesus 29 manuscript is the lengthiest all-English verse collection known to exist in the period between the Exeter Book and the Harley Lyrics.