Geoffrey Chaucer

Book Of The Duchesse By Geoffrey Chaucer

Book Of The Duchesse By Geoffrey Chaucer

Book Of The Duchesse THE PROEM I have gret wonder, be this lighte, How that I live, for day ne nighte I may nat slepe wel nigh noght, I have so many an ydel thoght Purely for defaute of slepe That, by my trouthe, I take no kepe Of no-thing, how hit cometh or goth, Ne me nis no-thing leef nor loth. A... »

The Canterbury Tales; The Shipmannes Tale By Geoffrey Chaucer

The Canterbury Tales; The Shipmannes Tale By Geoffrey Chaucer

The Canterbury Tales; The Shipmannes Tale Part 8 PROLOGUE TO THE SHIPMANNES TALE Here endith the man of lawe his tale. And next folwith the Shipman his prolog. Oure Ost upon his stiropes stood anoon, And seide, ‘Good men, herkeneth everychoon; This was a thrifty tale for the nonys. Sir parissh... »

Proverbs By Geoffrey Chaucer

Proverbs By Geoffrey Chaucer

Proverbs Proverbe of Chaucer What shul these clothes thus manyfold, Lo this hote somers day? After grete hete cometh cold; No man caste his pilche away. Of al this world the large compas Yt wil not in myn armes tweyne; Who so mochel wol embrace, Hits: 0 »

Troilus And Criseyde; Book 04 By Geoffrey Chaucer

Troilus And Criseyde; Book 04 By Geoffrey Chaucer

Troilus And Criseyde; Book 04 Prohemium. But al to litel, weylaway the whyle, Lasteth swich Ioye, y-thonked be Fortune! That semeth trewest, whan she wol bygyle, And can to foles so hir song entune, That she hem hent and blent, traytour comune; And whan a wight is from hir wheel y-throwe, Than laugh... »

The Canterbury Tales; The Maunciples Tale By Geoffrey Chaucer

The Canterbury Tales; The Maunciples Tale By Geoffrey Chaucer

The Canterbury Tales; The Maunciples Tale Part 29 PROLOGUE TO THE MAUNCIPLES TALE Heere folweth the Prologe of the Maunciples tale. Woot ye nat where ther stant a litel toun, Which that ycleped is Bobbe-up-and-doun Under the Blee, in Caunterbury weye? Ther gan oure Hooste for to jape and pleye, And ... »

Chaucers Wordes Unto Adam By Geoffrey Chaucer

Chaucers Wordes Unto Adam By Geoffrey Chaucer

Chaucers Wordes Unto Adam Adam scriveyn, if ever it thee bifalle Boece or Troylus for to wryten newe, Under thy long lokkes thou most have the scalle, But after my makyng thow wryte more trewe; So ofte adaye I mot thy werk renewe, It to correcte and eke to rubbe and scrape, Hits: 0 »

The Merchant’s Tale By Geoffrey Chaucer

The Merchant’s Tale By Geoffrey Chaucer

The Merchant’s Tale ‘Weeping and wailing, care and other sorrow, I have enough, on even and on morrow,’ Quoth the Merchant, ‘and so have other mo’, That wedded be; I trow* that it be so; *believe For well I wot it fareth so by me. I have a wife, the worste that may be, ... »

A Complaint To His Lady By Geoffrey Chaucer

A Complaint To His Lady By Geoffrey Chaucer

A Complaint To His Lady In the long night, when every creature should naturally take some rest, or else his life cannot long hold out, then it falls most into my woeful thoughts how I have dropped so far behind that except death nothing can comfort me, so do I despair of all happiness. This thought ... »

The Canterbury Tales; The Seconde Nonnes Tale By Geoffrey Chaucer

The Canterbury Tales; The Seconde Nonnes Tale By Geoffrey Chaucer

The Canterbury Tales; The Seconde Nonnes Tale Part 27 GROUP G. THE SECONDE NONNES TALE The Prologe of the Seconde Nonnes Tale. The ministre and the norice unto vices, Which that men clepe in Englissh ydelnesse, That porter of the gate is of delices, To eschue, and by hir contrarie hir oppresse, (Tha... »

Proverbs Of Chaucer By Geoffrey Chaucer

Proverbs Of Chaucer By Geoffrey Chaucer

Proverbs Of Chaucer Proverbe of Chaucer What shul these clothes thus manyfold, Lo this hote somers day? After grete hete cometh cold; No man caste his pilche away. Of al this world the large compas Yt wil not in myn armes tweyne; Who so mochel wol embrace, Hits: 0 »

Troilus And Criseyde; Book 01 By Geoffrey Chaucer

Troilus And Criseyde; Book 01 By Geoffrey Chaucer

Troilus And Criseyde; Book 01 The double 12 sorwe of Troilus to tellen, That was the king Priamus sone of Troye, In lovinge, how his aventures fellen Fro wo to wele, and after out of Ioye, My purpos is, er that I parte fro ye. Thesiphone, thou help me for tendyte Thise woful vers, that wepen as I wr... »

The Canterbury Tales; Chaucer’s Tale Of Sir Thopas By Geoffrey Chaucer

The Canterbury Tales; Chaucer’s Tale Of Sir Thopas By Geoffrey Chaucer

The Canterbury Tales; Chaucer’s Tale Of Sir Thopas Part 10 PROLOGUE TO CHAUCER’S TALE OF SIR THOPAS Bihoold the murye wordes of the Hoost to Chaucer. Whan seyd was al this miracle, every man As sobre was, that wonder was to se, Til that oure Hooste japen tho bigan, And thanne at erst he ... »

Chaucer’s Tale Of Sir Thopas By Geoffrey Chaucer

Chaucer’s Tale Of Sir Thopas By Geoffrey Chaucer

Chaucer’s Tale Of Sir Thopas WHEN said was this miracle, every man As sober* was, that wonder was to see, *serious Till that our Host to japen* he began, *talk lightly And then *at erst* he looked upon me, *for the first time* And saide thus; ‘What man art thou?’ quoth he; ‘T... »

The Monk’s Tale By Geoffrey Chaucer

The Monk’s Tale By Geoffrey Chaucer

The Monk’s Tale WHEN ended was my tale of Melibee, And of Prudence and her benignity, Our Hoste said, ‘As I am faithful man, And by the precious corpus Madrian, I had lever* than a barrel of ale, *rather That goode lefe* my wife had heard this tale; *dear For she is no thing of such pati... »

A Cook By Geoffrey Chaucer

A Cook By Geoffrey Chaucer

A Cook They had a cook with them who stood alone For boiling chicken with a marrow-bone, Sharp flavouring powder and a spice for savour. He could distinguish London ale by flavour, And he could roast and boil and seethe and fry, Make good thick soup and bake a tasty pie… As for blancmange, he ... »

The Canterbury Tales; The Prioresses Tale By Geoffrey Chaucer

The Canterbury Tales; The Prioresses Tale By Geoffrey Chaucer

The Canterbury Tales; The Prioresses Tale THE PRIORESSES TALE The prologe of the Prioresses tale. Domine dominus noster. O lord oure lord, thy name how merveillous Is in this large world ysprad-quod she- For noght oonly thy laude precious Parfourned is by men of dignitee, But by the mouth of childre... »

Merciles Beaute By Geoffrey Chaucer

Merciles Beaute By Geoffrey Chaucer

Merciles Beaute 1. CAPTIVITY YOUR eyen two wol slee me sodenly, I may the beaute of hem not sustene, So woundeth hit through-out my herte kene. And but your word wol helen hastily My hertes wounde, whyl that hit is grene,    Your eyen two wol slee me sodenly,    I may the beaute of hem not sustene. ... »

To Life’s Pilgrim By Geoffrey Chaucer

To Life’s Pilgrim By Geoffrey Chaucer

To Life’s Pilgrim FLY from the press, and dwell with soothfastness; Suffice unto thy good, though it be small, For hoard hath hate, and climbing tickleness ; Preise hath envie, and weal is blent o’er all. Savor no more than thee behoven shall, Rede well thy self that other folk can’... »

The Canterbury Tales By Geoffrey Chaucer

The Canterbury Tales By Geoffrey Chaucer

The Canterbury Tales PROLOGUE Here bygynneth the Book of the tales of Caunterbury. Whan that Aprille, with hise shoures soote, The droghte of March hath perced to the roote And bathed every veyne in swich licour, Of which vertu engendred is the flour; Whan Zephirus eek with his swete breeth Inspired... »

Chaucer’s Prophecy By Geoffrey Chaucer

Chaucer’s Prophecy By Geoffrey Chaucer

Chaucer’s Prophecy When priestes failen in their saws, And lordes turne Godde’s laws Against the right; And lechery is holden as privy solace, And robbery as free purchase, Beware then of ill! Then shall the Land of Albion Turne to confusion, As sometime it befell. Ora pro Anglia Sancta ... »

The Friar’s Tale By Geoffrey Chaucer

The Friar’s Tale By Geoffrey Chaucer

The Friar’s Tale This worthy limitour, this noble Frere, He made always a manner louring cheer* *countenance Upon the Sompnour; but for honesty* *courtesy No villain word as yet to him spake he: But at the last he said unto the Wife: ‘Dame,’ quoth he, ‘God give you right good... »

A Ballad Sent To King Richard By Geoffrey Chaucer

A Ballad Sent To King Richard By Geoffrey Chaucer

A Ballad Sent To King Richard Sometime this world was so steadfast and stable, That man’s word was held obligation; And now it is so false and deceivable, That word and work, as in conclusion, Be nothing one; for turned up so down Is all this world, through meed and wilfulness, That all is los... »

The Canterbury Tales; The Wyves Tale Of Bathe By Geoffrey Chaucer

The Canterbury Tales; The Wyves Tale Of Bathe By Geoffrey Chaucer

The Canterbury Tales; The Wyves Tale Of Bathe Part 19 PROLOGUE OF THE WYVES TALE OF BATH The Prologe of the Wyves tale of Bathe. Experience, though noon auctoritee Were in this world, were right ynogh to me To speke of wo that is in mariage; For, lordynges, sith I twelf yeer was of age, Thonked be G... »

Lak Of Stedfastnesse By Geoffrey Chaucer

Lak Of Stedfastnesse By Geoffrey Chaucer

Lak Of Stedfastnesse Somtyme the world was so stedfast and stable That mannes word was obligacioun, And now it is so fals and deceivable That word and deed, as in conclusioun, Ben nothing lyk, for turned up-so-doun Is al this world for mede and wilfulnesse, That al is lost for lak of stedfastnesse. ... »

The Second Nun’s Tale By Geoffrey Chaucer

The Second Nun’s Tale By Geoffrey Chaucer

The Second Nun’s Tale The minister and norice* unto vices, *nurse Which that men call in English idleness, The porter at the gate is of delices;* *delights T’eschew, and by her contrar’ her oppress, – That is to say, by lawful business,* – *occupation, activity Well oug... »

The Canterbury Tales; The Clerkes Tale (A) By Geoffrey Chaucer

The Canterbury Tales; The Clerkes Tale (A) By Geoffrey Chaucer

The Canterbury Tales; The Clerkes Tale (A) Part 22 GROUP E. THE CLERKES TALE-PROLOGUE Heere folweth the Prologe of the clerkes tale of Oxenford. ‘Sire clerk of Oxenford,’ oure Hooste sayde, ‘Ye ryde as coy and stille as dooth a mayde, Were newe spoused, sittynge at the bord. This d... »

Chaucer’s Tale Of Meliboeus By Geoffrey Chaucer

Chaucer’s Tale Of Meliboeus By Geoffrey Chaucer

Chaucer’s Tale Of Meliboeus ‘No more of this, for Godde’s dignity!’ Quoth oure Hoste; ‘for thou makest me So weary of thy very lewedness,* *stupidity, ignorance That, all so wisly* God my soule bless, *surely Mine eares ache for thy drafty* speech. *worthless Now such a... »

The Love Unfeigned By Geoffrey Chaucer

The Love Unfeigned By Geoffrey Chaucer

The Love Unfeigned O YONGE fresshe folkes, he or she, In which that love up groweth with your age, Repeyreth hoom from worldly vanitee, And of your herte up-casteth the visage To thilke god that after his image Yow made, and thinketh al nis but a fayre This world, that passeth sone as floures fayre.... »

Virelay By Geoffrey Chaucer

Virelay By Geoffrey Chaucer

Virelay Alone walking In thought plaining, And sore sighing; All desolate, Me rememb’ring Of my living; My death wishing Both early and late. Infortunate Is so my fate, That, wot ye what? Out of measure My life I hate; Thus desperate, In such poor estate, Do I endure. Of other cure Am I not su... »

The Canterbury Tales;the Knyghtes Tale By Geoffrey Chaucer

The Canterbury Tales;the Knyghtes Tale By Geoffrey Chaucer

The Canterbury Tales;The Knyghtes Tale THE KNYGHTES TALE. Iamque domos patrias Scithice post aspera gentis prelia laurigero &c. Thebaid, xii, 519. Heere bigynneth the knyghtes tale. Whilom, as olde stories tellen us, Ther was a duc that highte Theseus; Of Atthenes he was lord and governour, Tha... »

L’envoy Of Chaucer To Bukton By Geoffrey Chaucer

L’envoy Of Chaucer To Bukton By Geoffrey Chaucer

L’Envoy Of Chaucer To Bukton My Master Bukton, when of Christ our King Was asked, What is truth or soothfastness? He not a word answer’d to that asking, As who saith, no man is all true, I guess; And therefore, though I highte to express The sorrow and woe that is in marriage, I dare not... »

The Squire’s Tale By Geoffrey Chaucer

The Squire’s Tale By Geoffrey Chaucer

The Squire’s Tale ‘HEY! Godde’s mercy!’ said our Hoste tho,* *then ‘Now such a wife I pray God keep me fro’. Lo, suche sleightes and subtilities In women be; for aye as busy as bees Are they us silly men for to deceive, And from the soothe* will they ever weive,**... »

The Canon’s Yeoman’s Tale By Geoffrey Chaucer

The Canon’s Yeoman’s Tale By Geoffrey Chaucer

The Canon’s Yeoman’s Tale THE PROLOGUE. WHEN ended was the life of Saint Cecile, Ere we had ridden fully five mile, At Boughton-under-Blee us gan o’ertake A man, that clothed was in clothes black, And underneath he wore a white surplice. His hackenay,* which was all pomely-gris,** ... »

Canterbury Tales, The Knight’s Tale, Book I [Excerpt] By Geoffrey Chaucer

Canterbury Tales, The Knight’s Tale, Book I [Excerpt] By Geoffrey Chaucer

Canterbury Tales, The Knight’s Tale, Book I [Excerpt] In days of old there lived, of mighty fame, A valiant Prince, and Theseus was his name; A chief, who more in feats of arms excelled, The rising nor the setting sun beheld. Of Athens he was lord; much land he won, And added foreign countries... »

The Cook’s Tale By Geoffrey Chaucer

The Cook’s Tale By Geoffrey Chaucer

The Cook’s Tale THE Cook of London, while the Reeve thus spake, For joy he laugh’d and clapp’d him on the back: ‘Aha!’ quoth he, ‘for Christes passion, This Miller had a sharp conclusion, Upon this argument of herbergage.* *lodging Well saide Solomon in his langua... »

A Balade Of Complaint By Geoffrey Chaucer

A Balade Of Complaint By Geoffrey Chaucer

A Balade Of Complaint Compleyne ne koude, ne might myn herte never, My peynes halve, ne what torment I have, Though that I sholde in your presence ben ever, Myn hertes lady, as wisly he me save That Bountee made, and Beautee list to grave In your persone, and bad hem bothe in-fere Ever t’awayt... »

The Canterbury Tales; The Reves Tale By Geoffrey Chaucer

The Canterbury Tales; The Reves Tale By Geoffrey Chaucer

The Canterbury Tales; The Reves Tale PROLOGUE TO THE REVES TALE The prologe of the Reves Tale. Whan folk hadde laughen at this nyce cas Of Absolon and hende Nicholas, Diverse folk diversely they seyde, But for the moore part they loughe and pleyde, Ne at this tale I saugh no man hym greve, But it we... »

La Priere De Nostre Dame By Geoffrey Chaucer

La Priere De Nostre Dame By Geoffrey Chaucer

La Priere De Nostre Dame A. Almighty and all-merciable Queen, To whom all this world fleeth for succour, To have release of sin, of sorrow, of teen! Glorious Virgin! of all flowers flow’r, To thee I flee, confounded in errour! Help and relieve, almighty debonair, Have mercy of my perilous lang... »

Troilus And Criseyde; Book 03 By Geoffrey Chaucer

Troilus And Criseyde; Book 03 By Geoffrey Chaucer

Troilus And Criseyde; Book 03 Incipit prohemium tercii libri. O blisful light of whiche the bemes clere Adorneth al the thridde hevene faire! O sonnes lief, O Ioves doughter dere, Plesaunce of love, O goodly debonaire, In gentil hertes ay redy to repaire! O verray cause of hele and of gladnesse, Y-h... »

Since I From Love By Geoffrey Chaucer

Since I From Love By Geoffrey Chaucer

Since I From Love Since I from Love escaped am so fat, I ne’er think to be in his prison ta’en; Since I am free, I count him not a bean. He may answer, and saye this and that; I do no force, I speak right as I mean; Since I from Love escaped am so fat. Love hath my name struck out of his... »

Anelida And Arcite By Geoffrey Chaucer

Anelida And Arcite By Geoffrey Chaucer

Anelida And Arcite Thou ferse god of armes, Mars the rede, That in the frosty contre called Trace, Within thy grisly temple ful of drede Honoured art as patroun of that place; With thy Bellona, Pallas, ful of grace, Be present and my song contynue and guye; At my begynnyng thus to the I crye. For hi... »

The House Of Fame By Geoffrey Chaucer

The House Of Fame By Geoffrey Chaucer

The House Of Fame BOOK I Incipit liber primus. God turne us every dreem to gode! For hit is wonder, be the rode, To my wit, what causeth swevens Either on morwes, or on evens; And why the effect folweth of somme, And of somme hit shal never come; Why that is an avisioun, And this a revelacioun, Why ... »

A Ballad Of Gentleness By Geoffrey Chaucer

A Ballad Of Gentleness By Geoffrey Chaucer

A Ballad Of Gentleness The firste stock-father of gentleness, What man desireth gentle for to be, Must follow his trace, and all his wittes dress, Virtue to love, and vices for to flee; For unto virtue longeth dignity, And not the reverse, safely dare I deem, All wear he mitre, crown, or diademe. Th... »

The Canterbury Tales; The Phisiciens Tale By Geoffrey Chaucer

The Canterbury Tales; The Phisiciens Tale By Geoffrey Chaucer

The Canterbury Tales; The Phisiciens Tale Part 16 THE PHISICIENS TALE Heere folweth the Phisiciens tale. Ther was, as telleth Titus Livius, A knyght that called was Virginius, Fulfild of honour and of worthynesse, And strong of freendes, and of greet richesse. This knyght a doghter hadde by his wyf,... »

Good Counsel Of Chaucer By Geoffrey Chaucer

Good Counsel Of Chaucer By Geoffrey Chaucer

Good Counsel Of Chaucer Flee from the press, and dwell with soothfastness; Suffice thee thy good, though it be small; For hoard hath hate, and climbing tickleness, Press hath envy, and weal is blent o’er all, Savour no more than thee behove shall; Read well thyself, that other folk canst read;... »

The Parliament Of Fowles By Geoffrey Chaucer

The Parliament Of Fowles By Geoffrey Chaucer

The Parliament Of Fowles Here begynyth the Parlement of Foulys THE PROEM The lyf so short, the craft so long to lerne, Thassay so hard, so sharp the conquering, The dredful Ioy, that alwey slit so yerne, Al this mene I by love, that my feling Astonyeth with his wonderful worching So sore y-wis, that... »

Roundel By Geoffrey Chaucer

Roundel By Geoffrey Chaucer

Roundel Now welcome Summer with thy sunne soft, That hast this winter`s weathers overshake, And driven away the longe nighties black. Saint Valentine, that art full high aloft, Thus singen smalle fowles for thy sake: Now welcome Summer with tye sunne soft, That hast this winter`s weathers overshake.... »

An Abc By Geoffrey Chaucer

An Abc By Geoffrey Chaucer

An Abc Incipit carmen secundum ordinem litterarum alphabeti. Almighty and al merciable queene, To whom that al this world fleeth for socour, To have relees of sinne, of sorwe, and teene, Glorious virgine, of alle floures flour, To thee I flee, confounded in errour. Help and releeve, thou mighti debo... »

The Franklin’s Tale By Geoffrey Chaucer

The Franklin’s Tale By Geoffrey Chaucer

The Franklin’s Tale ‘IN faith, Squier, thou hast thee well acquit, And gentilly; I praise well thy wit,’ Quoth the Franklin; ‘considering thy youthe So feelingly thou speak’st, Sir, I aloue* thee, *allow, approve *As to my doom,* there is none that is here *so far as my... »

Truth By Geoffrey Chaucer

Truth By Geoffrey Chaucer

Truth Fle fro the pres, and dwelle with sothefastnesse, Suffise thin owen thing, thei it be smal; For hord hath hate, and clymbyng tykelnesse, Prees hath envye, and wele blent overal. Savour no more thanne the byhove schal; Reule weel thiself, that other folk canst reede; And trouthe schal delyvere,... »

The Canterbury Tales; The Persouns Tale By Geoffrey Chaucer

The Canterbury Tales; The Persouns Tale By Geoffrey Chaucer

The Canterbury Tales; The Persouns Tale Part 30 PROLOGUE TO THE PERSOUNS TALE Heere folweth the Prologe of the Persouns tale. By that the Maunciple hadde his tale al ended, The sonne fro the south lyne was descended So lowe, that he nas nat to my sighte Degrees nyne and twenty as in highte. Ten of t... »

Gentilesse By Geoffrey Chaucer

Gentilesse By Geoffrey Chaucer

Gentilesse The firste stok, fader of gentilesse — What man that desireth gentil for to be Must folowe his trace, and alle his wittes dresse Vertu to love and vyces for to flee. For unto vertu longeth dignitee And noght the revers, saufly dar I deme, Al were he mytre, croune, or diademe. This f... »

The Parlement Of Fowls By Geoffrey Chaucer

The Parlement Of Fowls By Geoffrey Chaucer

The Parlement Of Fowls Now welcome, somer, with thy sonne soft{.e}, That hast this wintr{.e}s wedr{.e}s overshak{.e}, And driven away the long{.e} nyght{.e}s blak{.e}! Saynt Valentyn, that art ful hy on-lofte, Thus syngen smal{.e} foul{.e}s for thy sak{.e}: Now welcome, somer, with thy sonn{.e} soft... »

Rondel Of Merciless Beauty By Geoffrey Chaucer

Rondel Of Merciless Beauty By Geoffrey Chaucer

Rondel Of Merciless Beauty Your two great eyes will slay me suddenly; Their beauty shakes me who was once serene; Straight through my heart the wound is quick and keen. Only your word will heal the injury To my hurt heart, while yet the wound is clean – Your two great eyes will slay me suddenl... »

Against Women Unconstant By Geoffrey Chaucer

Against Women Unconstant By Geoffrey Chaucer

Against Women Unconstant Madame, for youre newefangelnesse, Many a servant have ye put out of grace. I take my leve of your unstedefastnesse, For wel I woot, whil ye have lives space, Ye can not love ful half yeer in a place, To newe thing youre lust is ay so keene; In stede of blew, thus may ye wer... »

The Court Of Love By Geoffrey Chaucer

The Court Of Love By Geoffrey Chaucer

The Court Of Love With timorous heart, and trembling hand of dread, Of cunning* naked, bare of eloquence, *skill Unto the *flow’r of port in womanhead* *one who is the perfection I write, as he that none intelligence of womanly behaviour* Of metres hath, nor flowers of sentence, Save that me l... »

Troilus And Criseyde; Book 05 By Geoffrey Chaucer

Troilus And Criseyde; Book 05 By Geoffrey Chaucer

Troilus And Criseyde; Book 05 Incipit Liber Quintus. Aprochen gan the fatal destinee That Ioves hath in disposicioun, And to yow, angry Parcas, sustren three, Committeth, to don execucioun; For which Criseyde moste out of the toun, And Troilus shal dwelle forth in pyne Til Lachesis his threed no len... »

The Canterbury Tales; The Milleres Tale By Geoffrey Chaucer

The Canterbury Tales; The Milleres Tale By Geoffrey Chaucer

The Canterbury Tales; The Milleres Tale PROLOGUE TO THE MILLERES TALE Heere folwen the wordes bitwene the Hoost and the Millere Whan that the Knyght had thus his tale ytoold, In al the route ne was ther yong ne oold That he ne seyde it was a noble storie, And worthy for to drawen to memorie; And nam... »

Fortune By Geoffrey Chaucer

Fortune By Geoffrey Chaucer

Fortune This wrecched worldes transmutacioun, As wele or wo, now povre and now honour, Withouten ordre or wys discrecioun Governed is by Fortunes errour. But natheles, the lak of hir favour Ne may nat don me singen though I dye, Jay tout perdu mon temps et mon labour; For fynally, Fortune, I thee de... »

The Parson’s Tale By Geoffrey Chaucer

The Parson’s Tale By Geoffrey Chaucer

The Parson’s Tale THE PROLOGUE. By that the Manciple his tale had ended, The sunne from the south line was descended So lowe, that it was not to my sight Degrees nine-and-twenty as in height. Four of the clock it was then, as I guess, For eleven foot, a little more or less, My shadow was at th... »

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