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PRELUDE (Not in Boethius. ) - Boethius, The Consolation of Philosophy [520 AD]
King Alfred’s Version of the Consolations of Boethius. Done into Modern English, with an Introduction by Walter John Sedgefield Litt.D. (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1900).
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|Thus the old tale||Alfred told us,|
|West Saxons’ king.||He shewed the cunning,|
|The craft of songmen.||Keenly he longed|
|Unto the people||to put forth songs|
|Men to make merry,||manifold stories,|
|Lest a weariness||should ward away|
|The man self-filled,||that small heed taketh|
|Of such in his pride.||Again I must speak,|
|Take up my singing,||the tale far known|
|Weave for mortals;||let who will listen.|