Chaucer, the Minor Poems

Chaucer, the Minor Poems

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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. 1896 edition. Excerpt: the Book of St. Albans, fol. e 4, the buck was called a fawne in his first year, a preket in the second, a sowrell in the third, a sowre in the fourth, a bucke ofthefyrst hede in the fifth, and a bucke (simply) in the sixth year. Also a roo is the female of the roobucke. 435. Argus is put for Algus, the old French name for the inventor of the Arabic numerals; it occurs in 1. 16373 of the Roman de la Rose, which mentions him in company with Euclid and Ptolemy--'Algus, Euclides, Tholomees.' This name was obviously confused with that of the hundredeyed Argus. This name Algus was evolved out of the O. F. algorisme, which, as Dr. Murray says, is a French adaptation 'from the Arab. al-Khowarazmi, the native of Khwarazm (Khiva), surname of the Arab mathematician Abu Ja'far Mohammed Ben Musa, who flourished early in the 9th century, and through the translation of whose work on Algebra, the Arabic numerals became generally known in Europe. Cf. Euclid = plane geometry.' He was truly 'a noble countour, ' to whom we all owe a debt of gratitude. That Algus was sometimes called Argus, also appears from the Roman de la Rose, 11. 12994, &c., which is clearly the very passage which Chaucer here copies: --'Se mestre Argus li bien contens I vosist bien metre ses cures, E venist 0 ses dix figures, Par quoi tout certefie et nombre, Si ne peust-il pas le nombre Des grans contens certefier, Tant seust bien mouteplier.' Here o means 'with;' so that Chaucer has copied the very phrase ' with his figures ten.' But still more curiously, Jean de Meun here rimes nombre, pres. sing, indie, with nombre, sb.; and Chaucer rimes noumbre, infin., with noumbre, sb. likewise. Countour in 1. 435 means 'arithmetician;' in the next line it means an abacus or counting-board, for...
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