Canterbury Tales: The Prologue and Squire's Tale

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W.B. Clive, 1904 - 182 pages

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Page 4 - Tales, their humours, their features, and the very dress, as distinctly as if I had supped with them at the Tabard in Southwark.
Page 23 - Whan that Aprille with his shoures soote The droghte of Marche hath perced to the roote, And bathed every veyne in swich licour. Of which vertu engendred is the flour...
Page 24 - In Gernade at the seege eek hadde he be Of Algezir, and riden in Belmarye. At Lyeys was he, and at Satalye, Whan they were wonne, and in the Grete See At many a noble armee* hadde he be.
Page 5 - He must have been a man of a most wonderful comprehensive nature, because, as it has been truly observed of him, he has taken into the compass Of his Canterbury Tales the various manners and humours (as we now call them) of the whole English nation, in his age. Not a single character has escaped him.
Page 24 - Ful worthy was he in his lordes werre, And therto hadde he riden, no man ferre, As wel in Cristendom as in Hethenesse, And evere honoured for his worthynesse. At Alisaundre he was, whan it was wonne; Ful ofte tyme he hadde the bord bigonne...
Page 27 - She leet no morsel from hir lippes falle, Ne wette hir fyngres in hir sauce depe; Wel koude she carie a morsel and wel kepe 130 That no drope ne fille upon hire brest.
Page 25 - With lokkes crulle, as they were leyd in presse. Of twenty yeer of age he was, I gesse. Of his stature he was of evene lengthe, And wonderly deliver, and greet of strengthe.
Page 39 - His mouth as greet was as a greet forneys. He was a janglere and a goliardeys, 560 And that was moost of synne and harlotries. Wel koude he stelen corn and tollen thries, And yet he hadde a thombe of gold, pardee.
Page 43 - Ne was ther swich another pardoner. For in his male he hadde a pilwe-beer, Which that he seyde was Oure Lady veyl. 695 He seyde he hadde a gobet of the seyl That Seint Peter hadde, whan that he wente Upon the see, til Jhesu Crist hym hente.

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