The Poetical Works of Geoffrey Chaucer: The Canterbury tales

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Page 15 - PERSOUN 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 parisshens devoutly wolde he teche.
Page 1 - And bathed every veyne in swich licour. Of which vertu engendred is the flour; Whan Zephirus eek with his swete breeth Inspired hath in every holt and heeth The tendre croppes, and the yonge sonne Hath in the Ram his halfe cours y-ronne, And smale fowles maken melodye, That slepen al the night with open ye, (So priketh hem nature in hir corages), Than longen folk to goon on pilgrimages...
Page 83 - What is this world? what axen men to have? Now with his love, now in his colde grave Alone withouten any compagnie.
Page 2 - 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 65 - Covered with cloth of gold diapred wele, Came riding like the god of armes Mars. His cote-arm ure was of a cloth of Tars, Couched with perles, white, and round and grete. His sadel was of brent gold new ybete ; A mantelet upon his shouldres hanging Bret-ful of rubies red, as fire sparkling. His crispe here like ringes was yronne, And that was yelwe, and glitered as the sonne. His nose was high, his eyen bright citrin, His lippes round, his colour was sanguin, A fewe fraknes in his face yspreint,...
Page 18 - For to ben wise in bying of vitaille. For whether that he paide, or toke by taille, Algate he waited so in his achate, That he was ay before in good estate.
Page 5 - She wolde wepe if that she saw a mous Caughte in a trappe, if it were ded or bledde. Of smale houndes hadde she, that she fedde With rosted flesh, and milk, and wastel brede.
Page 11 - Ful many a fat partrich hadde he in mewe, And many a breme, and many a luce in stewe.
Page 18 - Or live as scarsly as him list desire; And able for to helpen al a shire In any cas that mighte falle or happe; And yit this maunciple sette hir aller cappe.
Page 17 - His berd as any sowe or fox was reed, And ther-to brood, as though it were a spade. Up-on the cop...

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