The Works of the British Poets, with Lives of the Authors, Volume 1

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J. Eastburn, 1819 - English poetry
 

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Page 32 - A good man ther was of religioun, That was a poure PERSONE of a toun: But riche he was of holy thought and werk. He was also a lerned man, a clerk, . That Cristes gospel trewely wolde preche. His parishens devoutly wolde he teche.
Page 123 - Allas! the shorte throte, the tendre mouth, Maketh that est and west and north and south, In erthe, in eir, in water, men to-swinke To gete a glotoun deyntee mete and drinke! Of this matere, O Paul, wel canstow trete: " Mete un-to wombe, and wombe eek un-to mete, Shal God destroyen bothe,
Page 26 - But al be that he was a philosophre, Yet hadde he but litel gold in cofre...
Page 18 - 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 - Cristofre on his brest of silver shene. An home he bare, the baudrik was of grene. A forster was he sothely as I gesse.
Page 32 - In sikenesse and in mischief to visite The ferrest in his parish, moche and lite, Upon his fete, and in his hand a staf.
Page 39 - He had a crois of laton ful of stones, And in a glas he hadde pigges bones. But with these relikes, whanne that he fond A poure persone dwelling up on- lond, Upon a day he gat him more moneie Than that the persone gat in monethes tweie. And thus with fained flattering and japes, He made the persone, and the peple, his apes.
Page 33 - But in his teching discrete and benigne. To drawen folk to heven, with fairenesse, By good ensample, was his besinesse : But it were any persone obstinat, What so he were of highe, or low estat, Him wolde he snibben sharply for the nones.
Page 22 - He yave not of the text a pulled hen, That saith, that hunters ben not holy men...
Page 40 - And of manhod him lakkede right naught. Eek therto he was right a mery man, And after soper pleyen he bigan, And spak of mirthe amonges othere thinges, Whan that we hadde maad our rekeninges; 760 And seyde thus...

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