Richard Morris (essay date 1869)
SOURCE: A preface to Early English Alliterative Poems. Oxford University Press, 1965, pp. ix-xx.
[In the following excerpt, Morris considers Pearl to be a valuable resource for understanding early English and the art and tradition of the poet.]
[In "The Pearl"], the author evidently gives expression to his own sorrow for the loss of his infant child, a girl of two years old, whom he describes as a
Perle pleasaunte to prynces paye
Pearl pleasant to princes' pleasure,
To clanly clos in golde so clere
Most neatly set in gold so clear.
Of her death he says:...
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