Geoffrey Chaucer's The Prologue to the Book of the Tales of Canterbury: The Knight's Tale, The Nun's Priest's Tale, Ed., with Notes and Glossary

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Macmillan, 1902 - 337 pages

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Page 274 - The intelligible forms of ancient poets, The fair humanities of old religion, The power, the beauty, and the majesty, That had their haunts in dale, or piny mountain, Or forest by slow stream, or pebbly spring, Or chasms and wat'ry depths; all these have vanished; They live no longer in the faith of reason ! But still the heart doth need a language, still Doth the old instinct bring back the old names...
Page 277 - The many men so beautiful! And they all dead did lie: And a thousand thousand slimy things Lived on; and so did I.
Page 23 - 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 147 - Or elles, if free choys be graunted me To do that same thing, or do it noght, Though god forwoot it, er that it was wroght ; Or if his witing streyneth nevere a del But by necessitee condicionel.
Page 3 - Lettow hadde he reysed and in Ruce, No cristen man so ofte of his degree. 55 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 1 - Whan that Aprille with his? shoures soote The droghte of March hath perced to the roote, And bathed every veyne in swich licour Of which vertu engendred is the flour...
Page 7 - Of smal coral aboute hir arm she bar A peire of bedes, gauded al with grene; And ther-on heng a broche of gold ful shene, 160 On which ther was first write a crowned A, And after, Amor vincit omnia.
Page 21 - Or with a bretherhed to been withholde; But dwelte at hoom, and kepte wel his folde, So that the wolf ne made it nat miscarie ; He was a shepherde and no mercenarie. And though he holy were, and vertuous, He was to sinful man nat despitous, Ne of his speche daungerous ne digne, But in his teching discreet and benigne.
Page 13 - Souninge in moral vertu was his speche, And gladly wolde he lerne, and gladly teche.
Page 29 - In Southwerk, at this gentil hostelrye, That highte the Tabard, faste by the Belle.

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