The prologue to the Canterbury tales, with notes [ &c.] by J.M.D. Meiklejohn
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The Prologue to the Canterbury Tales, with Notes [ &C.] by J.M.D. Meiklejohn
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accent addition adjectives atte became become beginning bettre called Canterbury century Chaucer Cogs comes common comparative contracted court couthe dative dialect Edward ending England English fair four French French accent frequently genitive German give grammar guttural hadde hand hard hath head heed Hence Henry hire holy hood horse inflections John kind king knew knight land language Latin London lord manner marks meaning meant moot note on line noun oldest past person phrase pilgrimage pilgrims plural poem points port present probably says schal sche Scotland Shakspeare short side sometimes sound spelling Street strong syllable tale ther thing true twenty verb verse Wel cowde whan wolde word worthi Write
Page 15 - PERSOUN of a toun; But riche he was of holy thoght and werk. He was also a lerned man, a clerk, 480 That Cristes gospel trewely wolde preche; His parisshens devoutly wolde he teche.
Page 19 - Ful riche he was astored prively, His lord wel coude he plesen subtilly, 610 To geve and lene him of his owne good, And have a thank, and yet a cote and hood, In youthe he lerned hadde a good mister ; He was a wel good wrighte, a carpenter. This reve sat up-on a ful good stot.
Page 11 - At Alisaundre he was whan it was wonne. Ful ofte tyme he hadde the bord bigonne Aboven alle nacions in Pruce; In Lettow hadde he reysed and in Ruce, No Cristen man so ofte of his degree.
Page 11 - But al be that he was a philosophre, Yet hadde he but litel gold in cofre...
Page 11 - Of studie took he moost cure and moost heede. Noght o word spak he moore than was neede, And that was seyd in forme and reverence, And short and quyk and ful of hy sentence; Sownynge in moral vertu was his speche, And gladly wolde he lerne and gladly teche.
Page 12 - Poynaunt and scharp, and redy al his gere. His table dormant in his halle alway Stood redy covered al the longe day. At sessiouns ther was he lord and sire.
Page 11 - Redy to wenden on my pilgrimage To Caunterbury with ful devout corage, At night was come in-to that hostelrye Wel nyne and twenty in a companye, Of sondry folk, by aventure y-falle In felawshipe, and pilgrims were they alle, That toward Caunterbury wolden ryde ; The chambres and the stables weren wyde, And wel we weren esed atte beste.
Page 20 - Com hider, love, to me. This sompnour bar to him a stif burdoun, Was nevere trompe of half so gret a soun...
Page 11 - With frankeleyns overal in his contree; And eek with worthy wommen of the toun, For he hadde power of confessioun, As seyde himself, more than a curat, For of his ordre he was licentiat.
Page 13 - Burdeuxward, whil that the chapman sleep. Of nyce conscience took he no keep; If that he faught, and hadde the hyer hond, By water he sente hem hoom to every lond.