Fabliaux or Tales, Abridged from French Manuscripts of the Xiith and XIIIth Centuries Volume 3

Fabliaux or Tales, Abridged from French Manuscripts of the Xiith and XIIIth Centuries Volume 3

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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. 1815 edition. Excerpt: ...with worldly store, But bravely thew'd, of virtue bright, Sir William dwelt, a dreadless knight, With scarce two hundred livres' land--His manors were his good right hand; Staid worth, a courage uncontroll'd, And honour, pure as native gold. In tourneys never seen to pace With loutings quaint, and braggart grace The damsels and the dames before; He prick'd amain with forehead lower, Where hot the press, and stern the deeds, Of rushing knights, and struggling steeds; Nor turn'd him backward from the fray, Till foil'd, on earth, his foeman lay. And thus (it glads me as I paint Such praises, though with colours faint, For rising prowess best is won To feats of arms, by justice done To worthies, who have onwards far'd, Their course of virtue unimpair'd), Welcome was he at every feast, Of Caesars and of kings the guest. A widow'd lord, of visage hoar, One good long league, or little more, Apart from good Sir William's towers, With one fair daughter pass'd his hours. Their castles both were in a wood (Champagne had always forests good) But the old lord's was on a steep, And fenc'd beside with ditches deep, And such a hedge of hawthorn stout No mortal could get in or out But when the drawbridge floor'd his way. So, there his life's declining day Slipp'd on in undisturb'd retreat, Beguil'd by Nina's presence sweet, And cherish'd, once in every year, With good ten thousand livres clear. So dainty and so boon a maid, With such a heritage to aid, Ye well may judge was furnish'd still With sighing paramours at will. But chief in hope beyond the rest Sir William loyal love profess'd, With lofty aspiration fir'd To gain the prize by all desir'd. So courteous aye in hall was he, So prime in feats of chivalry; So bent in every point to please, He won her heart...show more

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  • Paperback | 48 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 104g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236671023
  • 9781236671028