The Poetical Works of Geoffrey Chaucer, Volume 2

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Bell and Daldy, 1866

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Page 27 - WHYLOM, as olde stories tellen us, Ther was a duk that highte Theseus ; Of Athenes he was lord and governour, And in his tyme swich a conquerour, That gretter was ther noon under the sonne. Ful many a riche contree hadde he wonne ; What with his wisdom and his...
Page 27 - my lady prioresse ; And ye, sir clerk, lat be your shamfastnesse, Ne studieth noght; ley hond to, every man.' Anon to drawen every wight bigan, And shortly for to tellen, as it was, Were it by aventure, or sort,*
Page 18 - Ther nas no dore that he nolde heve of harre, 550 Or breke it, at a renning, with his heed. His berd as any sowe or fox was reed, And ther-to brood, as though it were a spade. Up-on the cop...
Page 23 - For this ye knowen al so wel as I, Whoso shal telle a tale after a man, He moot reherce as ny as evere he kan Everich a word, if it be in his charge, Al speke he never so rudeliche and large, Or ellis he moot telle his tale untrewe, Or feyne thyng, or fynde wordes newe.
Page 8 - For if he yaf, he dorste make avaunt, He wiste that a man was repentaunt. For many a man so hard is of his herte, He may nat wepe al-thogh him sore smerte. 230 Therfore, in stede of weping and preyeres, Men moot yeve silver to the povre freres.
Page 25 - And which of yow that bereth him best of alle, That is to seyn, that telleth in this cas Tales of best sentence...
Page 109 - ful yore ago," " Hast ow nought herd," quod Nicholas, " also The sorwe of Noe with his felaschipe, That he hadde or he gat his wyf to schipe ? Him hadde wel lever, I dar wel undertake.
Page 21 - Ful prively a finch eek coude he pulle. And if he fond o-wher a good felawe, He wolde techen him to have non awe, In swich cas, of the erchedeknes curs, But-if a mannes soule were in his purs; For in his purs he sholde y-punisshed be. ' Purs is the erchedeknes helle,
Page 10 - A CLERK ther was of Oxenford also That un-to logik hadde longe y-go. As lene was his hors as is a rake, And he nas nat right fat, I undertake, But loked holwe, and ther-to soberly. Ful thredbar was his overest courtepy; For he had geten him yet no benefyce, Ne was so worldly for to have offyce.
Page 6 - The reule of seint Maure or of seint Beneit, By cause that it was old and somdel streit This ilke Monk leet olde thynges pace, 175 And heeld after the newe world the space. He yaf nat of that text a pulled hen That seith that hunters been nat hooly men...

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