The Retrospective Review, and Historical and Antiquarian Magazine Volume 9

The Retrospective Review, and Historical and Antiquarian Magazine Volume 9

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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. 1824 edition. Excerpt: ...I saw a little well That had his course, as I ther gan beholde, Under a hill, with quicke streames colde. The gravel gold, the water pure as glass, The bankes round the well environing, And soft as velvette the younge grass That thereupon lustily came springing, The suit of trees about encompassing, Their shadow cast, closing the well around, And all the herbes growing on the ground." Such is the scene in which our poet supposes himself to be meditating, when he comes to the spot where his patron John of Gaunt, (the black knight) sat bewailing the loss of his duchess. " And through a lande as I yed went apace, And gan aboute faste to beholde, I found anon a delectable place, That was beset with tre-es young and old, Whose names here for me shall not be told. Amid of which y stood an arbour green That decked was with colours new and clean. This arboure was full of flow'res gende neat Into the which as I beholde gan, Betwixt an holly and a woode bende As I was ware, I saw where lay a man In black; of white colour pale and wan, And wonder deadly also of his hue, Of hurtes green-e, and fresh woundes newe." To Philippa, the sister of Catherine Rouet, afterwards Lady Swinford, one of the suite of the duchess in the above poem lamented, Chaucer by the recommendation of the Duke of Lancaster was married: a union which was ultimately the cause of that affinity between the poet and his patron, to which we have referred. For John of Gaunt, notwithstanding his fondness for his first wife, and his ambitious union with a second, (Constance the daughter and heiress of Peter the Cruel, king of Castile and Leon) had, during the life-time of both, another attachment--namely to the said Catherine Rouet; with whom, although she became the wife of another man, (from...show more

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  • Paperback | 170 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 9mm | 313g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236677358
  • 9781236677358