The Kingis Quair; Together with a Ballad of Good Counsel

The Kingis Quair; Together with a Ballad of Good Counsel

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1884 edition. Excerpt: ...For euery heer on her heed... Me thoughte most like gold it was; Book of the Duch. 855. Through capricorn, &c.; heaved her bright horns through Capricorn. The moon had just passed out of Capricorn into Aquarius. The allusion to these 'horns' proves that the poet was thinking rather of the moon (Cynthia.) than of Venus (Citherea). He was also doubtless thinking of Chaucer's lines here following: --The bente Mone with her hornes pale; Troil. iii. 624. I saw thin hornes olde eek by that morowe; id. v. 653. The fact that Venus exhibits phases was not known till long after James's time, as Tytler well remarks. Northward should probably be northeward, pronounced as a trisyllable. Otherwise, the line is defective. Mydnyght, the meridian. A part of the meridian, as marked on an astrolabe, was called 'the north lyne, or elles the lyne of midnyght'; Chaucer, On the Astrolabe, pt. i. 4. 2. Quhen as may either mean 'When, as' or 'When that'; as the reader is pleased to take it. Cf. st. 26, 1. 1. New partit, just departed, i.e., just aroused or awaked. A lyte, a little. Written alyte here in the MS., but as two words in stanza 53. Fell me to mynd, there came to my mind, occurred to me; lit it fell to me, to my mind, me being the dative case. See st. 10; cf. st. 11, last line. For craft in erth, for (any) skill upon earth, for any earthly reason. It merely means 'by no manner of means.' As tho, as at that time, on that occasion. Toke a boke, took up a book. Compare the parallel passage in the opening lines of Chaucer's Book of the Duchess, where Chaucer tells us that he tried 'to drive the night away' by reading. 3. Boece; Boethius, the famous senator of Rome, and author of the favourite book of the middle ages, entitled De more

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  • Paperback | 58 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 122g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236856937
  • 9781236856937