The Riches of Chaucer: In which His Impurities Have Been Expunged, His Spelling Modernised, His Rhythm Accentuated and His Obsolete Terms Explained; Also Have Been Added a Few Explanatory Notes and a New Memoir of the Poet, Volume 1

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Page 66 - And busily gan for the soules pray Of them that gave him <25> wherewith to scholay* Of study took he moste care and heed. Not one word spake he more than was need; And that was said in form and reverence, And short and quick, and full of high sentence. Sounding in moral virtue was his speech, And gladly would he learn, and gladly teach.
Page 60 - In hope to standen in his lady's grace Embroidered was he, as it were a mead All full of freshe flowers white and red. Singing he was or fluting all the day : He was as fresh as is the month of May.
Page 238 - Such notes as, warbled to the string, Drew iron tears down Pluto's cheek, And made hell grant what love did seek. Or call up him that left half told The story of Cambuscan bold...
Page 133 - What is this world? — what asken men to have? Now with his love, now in his colde grave — Alone — withouten any company. Farewell my sweet — farewell mine Emily ! And softe take me in your armes tway For love of God, and hearkeneth what I say.
Page 80 - Who so shall telle a tale after a man, He moste reherse as neighe as ever he can : Everich word, if it be in his charge, All speke he, never so rudely and so large : Or elles he moste tellen his tale untrewe, Or feinen thinges, or finden wordes newe : He may not spare, although he were his brother, He moste as wel sayn o word as an other.
Page 62 - A manly man, to be an abbot able. Full many a dainty horse had he in stable ; And when he rode men might his bridle hear Jingling in a whistling wind as clear And eke as loud as doth the chapel bell.
Page 169 - Danced full oft in many a greene mead. This was the old opinion, as I read : I speak of many hundred years ago ; But now can no man see none elves mo...
Page 298 - A ha the fox ! and after him they ran, And eke with staves many another man ; Ran Colle our dogge, and Talbot, and Gerlond, And Malkin, with hire distaf in hire hond ; Ran cow and calf, and eke the veray hogges So fered...
Page 4 - Every man regarded her marvellously ; the king himself could not withhold his regarding of her, for he thought that he never saw before so noble nor so fair a lady : he was stricken therewith to the heart with a sparkle of fine love, that endured long after ; he thought no lady in the world so worthy to be beloved as she.
Page 72 - Full loth were him to cursen for his tithes ; But rather would he given out of doubt Unto his poore parishens about Of his offering, and eke of his substance ; He could in little thing have suffisance : Wide was his parish, and houses far asunder...

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