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A Middle English poem of which about 20,000 short lines survive, written in the East Midlands in the late 12th cent. by an Augustinian canon called Orm. It purports to consist of paraphrases of the gospels for the year as arranged in the Mass book, supplemented by a homily on each; but in fact it is a series of sermons arranged chronologically around the Gospel versions of the life of Christ. The writer's ambitious scheme is only about an eighth complete. It is of great linguistic interest, particularly for the semi‐phonetic spelling system devised by the writer.

Subjects: Literature.

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