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HARROWING OF HELL

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Originally appearing in Volume V13, Page 29 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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HARROWING OF

HELL  , an
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English poem in
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dialogue, dating from the end of the 13th century . It is written in the East Midland dialect, and is generally cited as the earliest dramatic
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work of any kind preserved in the language, though it was in reality probably intended for recitation rather than performance . It is closely allied to the kind of poem known as a debat, and the opening words—" Alle herkneth to me nou A strif wille I tellen ou Of Jesu and of Satan "—seem to indicate that the piece was delivered by a single performer . The subject—the descent of Christ into Hades to succour the souls of the just, as related in the apocryphal gospel of Nicodemus—is introduced in a kind of prologue; then follows the dispute between " Dominus " and " Satan " at the
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gate of Hell; the gatekeeper runs away, and the just are set
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free, while Adam,
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Eve, Habraham, David, Johannes and Moyses do homage to the deliverer . The poem Showing tooth mechanism of
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harrow . ends with a short prayer: "
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God, for his moder lone Let ous never thider come." Metrically, the poem is characterized by frequent alliteration imposed upon the rhymed octosyllabic
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couplet Welcome, louerd, god of londe Godes
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sone and godes sonde (ii . 149-15o) . The piece is obviously connected with the
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Easter cycle of liturgical drama, and the subject is treated in the York and Townley plays .

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