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GUILLE - ALLĖS LIBRARY SERIES.
Series), the Norman-French Text, with Parallel English
Price 1s.; cloth gilt, 2s.
THE SOWER, translated into the Franco-Norman Dialect of
IN PREPARATION. THE PRÉCEPTE D'ASSISE OF THE ISLAND OF GUERNSEY:
comprising the ancient Norman-French Text, edited with Parallel English Translation, Historical Introduction, Analysis, Glossary and Notes; engravings of Seals, Signatures, &c. Demy quarto, Limp Cloth. Price, 2s. 6d.—See advertisement at end of
volume. WITCHCRAFT IN GUERNSEY.—Transcripts and Translations of
the Depositions and Confessions made in the most celebrated of the local Trials for Witchcraft, as preserved in the Official
Records at the Guernsey Greffe (Registrar's) Office. CHOICE EXCERPTS FROM THE ROMAN DE ROU, by ROBERT WACE, of Jersey, the famous Norman Trouvère
and Chronicler, who flourished in the Twelfth Century; with Parallel English
Translation and Historic Notes.
Norman Ballad—including the rare additional verses-with
THE NORMAN-FRENCH TEXT
PARALLEL ENGLISH TRANSLATION, PHILOLOGICAL INTRODUCTION
AND HISTORIC NOTES.
JOHN LINWOOD PITTS
“ The Patois Poems of the Channel Islands” (first series);
Dialects of Guernsey and Sark,” &c., &c.
Gaudes carminibus ; carmina possumus
HORACE. Od. IV. 8.
THOMAS M. BICHARD, PRINTER TO THE STATES.
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The very gratifying success which attended the publication of the First Series of “ The Patois Poems of the Channel Islands," has induced the Editor to prepare a Second Series of a similar character, but consisting of entirely different pieces. The First Series was published in deference to an opinion frequently expressed by tourists and students, that some convenient collection of specimens of these ancient and interesting Franco-Norman Dialects ought to be placed within easy reach of the general public. That the little volume met to a great extent the wishes of those interested, and provided what was really required, is sufficiently evidenced, not only by the rapid sale of a large edition, but also by the numerous gratifying and complimentary letters on the subject which the Editor has since received from scholars in various parts of the world. Some of the best-known and -mostadmired specimens were given in it, but at the same time many very excellent and favourite pieces had to be omitted merely for want of space. A number of these are now included. The present volume also offers several novel features of arrangement and translation, which will be found to still further elucidate the divergent characters of the Jersey and the Guernsey Dialects respectively, as well as the differences they present when compared and contrasted with modern French. The genealogical table given on the following page shows at a glance the pedigree and descent of the whole of the Romance Languages, together with the precise position which the Channel Island Dialects occupy in respect to the other members of this important linguistic group.