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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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….

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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….

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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;…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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