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AN INTRODUCTION TO OLD FRENCH

Vs.

1
.
BY THE SAME AUTHOR

Third Edition.

First Steps in French History, Literature, and Philology.

'Hommes de Lettres" Series of French Classics.

VOL. I. : VOLTAIKE'S SIIOKT PROSE TALES.

In Preparation.

Old French Commentary and Phonetics.

The History and Literature of the Anglo-Norman Dialect.

Handbook of Romance Philology.
AN INTRODUCTION TO

OLD FRENCH

BY

F. F. ROGET

. ' LDI \TE OF GENEVA UNIVERSITY, LECTURER ON THE FRENCH

LANGUAGE AND LITllIî \ rri; r, AND OS KuMA.ME PHILOLOGY

IN THE UNIVERSITY OF ST. ANDREW,

THIRD

WILLIAMS AND XOKGATE

14. HENRIETTA STREET, COVENT GARDEN, LONDON

20, SOUTH FREDERICK STREET, EDINBURGH

AND 7, BROAD OXFORD

1896
First Printed 1886.

Reprinted from Xew Type 1894.
PREFACE TO FIRST EDITION

THIS book contains no independent research and little

scientific method. Suggested by some acquaintance with

the difficulties of students who begin to read Old French,

it has been written for the convenience of candidates for

the L.L.A.. title of St. Andrews University, and perchance

may be found useful by students working under the
Cambridge University scheme for a tripos in Médite val and

Modern Languages.

Professor Crombie, of St. Andrews, for his kind

encouragement, and Mr. G. Saintsbury, for a timely hint

regarding the scope of this work, have my thanks.

The excellent works of Bartsch (Chrestomathie de l'ancien

français) and of Clédat (Grammaire élémentaire de la vieille

langue française) have, more directly than any other sources,

afforded me guidance and help. Those books should be

resorted to by students who may have a taste for more

scholarship than can be offered in this Introduction to a

phase of language, in which the philologist and the literary

critic will find well-nigh inexhaustible material.
vi Old French

But for fear of being found inaccurate by the learned,

and yet abstruse by the learners, I should trust altogether

to the excellence of the subject for a recommendation to

the critics, whose judgment a book on Old French studies

cannot escape.

In the selection of fragments of Old French texts, and

in the construction of the Glossary, I have attempted to

provide those studying French literature in the works of

G. Saintsbury, Staaff, and Vinet, with the means of
understanding the Old French extracts found in those Manuals.

F. F. R.

KinxBUEOH, 24(7» November 18S6.

PREFACE TO SECOND EDITION

SOME time ago, at our publisher's, Paterfamilias stepped

in. He wanted a book on Old French for his daughter.

This volume was handed to him, as the only one extant in

English. He looked at the Preface, and read : This book

contains no independent research and little scientific method.

He shook his head, and laid down the book. Such a

humble beginning would not do for his daughter.

Yet the sale of the first edition-not a small
one
was rapid, considering to what a limited circle it could

appeal. This second edition is as humble as the first.

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