Genesis A eBook

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[Footnote 7:  ll. 221-224a.  The text here is corrupt and scholars differ widely in their conjectural emendations and interpretations.  Since none of their versions is satisfactory or convincing, I venture upon an independent reading. Hebeleac, of course, is the Scriptural Havilah (Gen. 2.11); Fison is obviously Pison, and Geon, 230b inf., is Gihon.]

[Footnote 8:  ll. 226, 227a.  I construe the best with gold and gems, rather than with sons of men, because of Gen. 2.12.]

[Footnote 9:  ll. 235-851.  After line 234 there is a break in the MS. Sievers has shown that the following 617 lines, called Genesis B, were written and interpolated later, by a different hand, and have Old Saxon affiliations. Genesis B describes the Fall of Man and also gives a new version of the revolt and overthrow of Satan. Genesis A begins again, at line 852, with the conversation between Adam and Eve and Jehovah (Gen. 3.8 ff.).]

[Footnote 10:  line 872.  I follow the divisions of the MS. This line begins with the tenth large decorative initial, the others having occurred at ll. 1, 82, 135, 246, 389, 442, 547, 684, and 821.  Where the editors so widely disagree as to the proper subdivisions of the poem, it seems safer to follow the original initializing (but not the marginal numbering of the original MS.:  this skips from VII to XIII at line 440—­doubtless accidentally substituting X for V—­and is otherwise irregular).  Cf. footnote, page vi, sup.—­For lines 869-70, cf. Jour.  Eng.  Germ.  Phil., 12.257.]

[Footnote 11:  line 1022.  A hemistich seems to be missing here, metrically.]

[Footnote 12:  line 1125.  A hemistich seems to be missing here, metrically.]

[Footnote 13:  line 1128.  I here adopt Grein’s emendation, reading leod for leof.]

[Footnote 14:  line 1137.  Cf.  Gen. 4.26, with cross-references, alternative translation, etc.]

[Footnote 15:  line 1150.  I follow Grein in supplying wintra to complete a metrically imperfect line.]

[Footnote 16:  line 1199.  A hemistich seems to be missing here, metrically; and surely the sense requires the interpolation of several lines, to record the birth of Methuselah in Enoch’s 65th year.  Cf.  Gen. 5.21.]

[Footnote 17:  line 1211.  We may restore the last word of this line, fan in the MS., either as tautological frean, with Dietrich, or as tautological feran, with Grein.]

[Footnote 18:  line 1405.  I follow Dietrich in reading edniowe = self-renewing, for the meaningless edmonne in the MS.]

[Footnote 19:  line 1492.  This difficult passage may be clarified by reading ethryethe = strength, copious power, in place of the meaningless ethridda = third, in the MS., and at the same time making þrymme the object of haefde (reading þrymmas, if necessary).]

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