The Library of Wit and Humor, Prose and Poetry Volume 5

The Library of Wit and Humor, Prose and Poetry Volume 5

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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. 1891 edition. Excerpt: ...and he adorn his maker.' THE FABLIAU. RuTEBEur The Trouvehe was born early in the thirteenth century of humble parentage, as his name denotes. He was a quick, sharp lad, and, endowed with a marvellously sweet voice, was taken into the service of the Church of some Compagne town. Here he received from the monks the rudiments of learning; he was afterwards sent to the University of Paris. Great Caster, first Master of Arts, according to Rabelais, decreed that he should be a minstrel. So he copied out his own verseB, made up the budget which was to form his " entertainment, ' tied up his personal belongings, which made but a small parcel, and with his lute in hishand, started on the tramp. Rutebeuf was the principal author of the celebrated Fabliaux, at least the author of their existence in rhyme. We extract from Walter Besant's French Humoritt. The principal function of the minstrel was to put into a poetical form all the stories which he could collect together, and to tell over again those which others had collected. The fabliau is, above all, the true place to look for mediaeval fun, satire, or numor, as well as for mediaeval manners and customs. The fabliau was essentially the amusement of the winter evenings; happy he who could write a new one or furbish up an old one. Here the curti and the friar came to well-merited grief; here the jealous husband is outwitted; here la femme--the life and soul of the stories--is alternately glorified and disgraced--ofttimes the latter: --Feme est de trop foible nature, De noient rit, de noient pleure, Feme aime et het en trop poi d'eure. Here is the story of the "MeMecin malgre' lui;" here that of Griselda--"Griselidis"--the type of patient conjugal virtue; and here the real popular...show more

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  • Paperback | 296 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 16mm | 531g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236607465
  • 9781236607461