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The fortunes of men


Titre:Aucun titre dans le ms.; On the various fortunes of men (titre dans l'éd. Thorpe); The fortunes of men (titre moderne); The fates of men; The fates of mortals
Date:Xe siècle
Forme:99 vers
Incipit:Ful oft þæt gegongeð,    mid godes meahtum,
þætte wer ond wif    in woruld cennað
bearn mid gebyrdum     mid bleom gyrwað,
tennaþ ond tætaþ,    oþþæt seo tid cymeð…
Explicit:… sceop ond scyrede    ond gesceapo ferede
æghwylcum on eorþan    eormencynnes.
Forþon him nu ealles þonc    æghwa secge,
þæs þe he fore his miltsum    monnum scrifeð.
  1. Exeter, Cathedral Library, 3501, f. 87r–88v [⇛ Description]
Éditions anciennes
Éditions modernes
  • Codex Exoniensis. A Collection of Anglo-Saxon Poetry, from a Manuscript in the Library of the Dean and Chapter of Exeter, with an English translation, notes and indexes, by Benjamin Thorpe, London, Pickering for The Society of Antiquaries of London, 1842, xvi + 546 p. (ici p. 327-333) [GB] [IA]
  • The Exeter Book Part Two, London, Oxford University Press (Early English Text Society. Original Series), 1933.
  • The Exeter Book, éd. George Philip Krapp et Elliot Van Kirk Dobbie, New York, Columbia University Press (The Anglo-Saxon Poetic Records, 3), 1936.
  • Shippey, T. A., Poems of Wisdom and Learning in Old English, Cambridge, Brewer, 1976, p. 58-63.
  • The Exeter Anthology of Old English Poetry, éd. Bernard J. Muir, Revised 2nd Edition, Exeter, University of Exeter Press, 2000, 2 t.
Traductions modernes
  • en anglais:
    • Thorpe 1842 (voir sous Éditions modernes)
    • Early English Poetry, translated by Charles W. Kennedy, New York, Oxford University Press, 1961.
    • Hickey, Emily H., « The Wanderer », Select Translation from Old English Poetry, éd. Albert S. Cook et Chauncey B. Tinker, Westport, Greenwood, 1970.
    • Shippey 1976 (voir sous Éditions modernes)
    • Anglo-Saxon Poetry: An Anthology of Old English Poems in Prose Translation, with introduction and headnotes by S. A. J. Bradley, London, Dent (Everyman's Library, 1794), 1982, xxvi + 559 p. — Réimpr.: 1995; 2000.
  • Dammers, R. H., « Unity and artistry in The Fortunes of Men », American Benedictine Review, 27, 1976, p. 461-469.
  • Drout, Michael D. C., « The Fortunes of Men 4a: reasons for adopting a very old emendation », Modern Philology, 96:2, 1998, p. 184-187.
  • Swenson, K., « Death appropriated in The Fates of Men », Studies in Philology, 88, 1991, p. 123-135.
Rédaction: Laurent Brun
Dernière mise à jour: 12 juillet 2019