The Canterbury Tales of Chaucer; To Which Are Added an Essay on His Language and Versification, and an Introductory Discourse, Togeher with Notes and a Glossary Volume 1

The Canterbury Tales of Chaucer; To Which Are Added an Essay on His Language and Versification, and an Introductory Discourse, Togeher with Notes and a Glossary Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1860 edition. Excerpt: ... small coral about her arm she bare A pair9 of beades, gauded10 all with green; And thereon hung a brooch of gold full sheen, ieo On which was first ywritten a crowned A, And after, Amor vincit omnia. Another Nun also with her had she, That was her chapell&ne, and Priestes three. A Monk there was, a fair for the mast'ry,11 An out-rider,12 that loved venery;13 A manly man, to been 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, 170 And eke as loud, as doth the chapel bell, There as this lord was keeper of the cell. The rule of Saint Maur and of Saint Beneit,14 Because that it was old and somedeal15 strait, This ilke16 monk let olde thinges pace, And held after the newe world the trace. He gave not of17 the text a pulled hen, That saith, that hunters be not holy men; Ne that a monk, when he is reckeless; Is like to a fish that is waterless; 'iso This is to say, a monk out of his cloister. This ilke text held he not worth an oyster; And I say his opinion was good. What should he study, and make himselven wood,1 Upon a book in cloister alway to pore, Or swinken2 with his handes, and labour, As Austin bit?8 how shall the world be served? Let Austin have his swink to him reserved. Therefore he was a prickasour4 a right: Greyhounds he had as swift as fowl of flight: i-o Of pricking6 and of hunting for the hare Was all his lust,6 for no cost would he spare. I saw his sleeves purfiled7 at the hand With gris,8 and that the finest of the land. And for to fasten his hood under his chin, He had of, gold ywrought a curious pin: A love-knot in the greater end there was. His head was bald, and shone as any glass, And eke his face, as it had been anoint; He was a...show more

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  • Paperback | 122 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 231g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236624335
  • 9781236624338