Life of Geoffrey Chaucer: The Early English Poet: Including Memoirs of His Near Friend and Kinsman, John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster: with Sketches of the Manners, Opinions, Arts and Literature of England in the Fourteenth Century, Volume 3 (Google eBook)

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T. Davison, 1804 - Great Britain - 516 pages
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Page 364 - Tended the sick, busiest from couch to couch ; And over them triumphant Death his dart Shook, but delay'd to strike, though oft invoked With vows, as their chief good, and final hope.
Page 268 - It commonly consists of thirteen lines or verses, of which eight have one rhyme, and five another. It is divided into three couplets, and at the end of the second and third, the beginning of the rondeau is repeated, if possible, in an equivocal or punning sense.
Page 364 - What misery th' inabstinence of Eve Shall bring on men. Immediately a place Before his eyes appear'd, sad, noisome, dark, A Lazar-house it seem'd, wherein were laid Numbers of all diseas'd, all maladies Of...
Page 352 - Beynge desyerous to knowe the name of the Autoure of this most worthy worke (gentle reader) and the tyme of the writynge of the same: I did not onely gather togyther suche aunciente copies as I could come by, but also consult such men as I knew to be more exercised in the studie of antiquities, then I my selfe haue been.
Page 345 - Mit Tywhitts Urteil deckt sich im wesentlichen das von Will. Godwin (Life of Geoffrey Chaucer, 2nd ed., Lo. 1804). Godwin weist (S. 343) auf die falsche Auffassung der Puritaner und ihre Ursachen hin und fährt dann fort: „Chaucer, though an enemy to the artifices and insincerity of the friars and perhaps personally the friend of Wicliffe, does not seem ever to have enlisted himself in the party of the Lollards. In the Testament of Love, he expresses his belief in the real presence; and in the...
Page 49 - Rorne the most venal and unprincipled then existing on the face of the earth, and a means of slavery reducing its votaries to a state of mind the most feeble, pitiable, and abject. He did not scruple to denominate this mighty fabric of superstition Antichrist, and to affirm that the pope was that " man of sin
Page 365 - His verses are not distinguished from prose, either by a determinate number of syllables, or by rhyme, or indeed by any other apparent test, except the studied recurrence of the same letter three times in each line; a contrivance which we should not suspect of producing much harmony, but to which (as Crowley, the original editor of the poem, justly observes) even a modern ear will gradually become accustomed.
Page 143 - This was Chaucer's first important mission. It was no doubt skilfully executed, and gave entire satisfaction to the king, who on the 23rd of April, 1374, on the celebration of the feast of St. George, at Windsor, made him a grant of a pitcher of wine daily, to be received in the Port of London from the hands of the king's butler1.
Page 365 - And for his (Chaucer's) verses, although, in divers places, they seem to us to stand of unequal measures, yet a skilful reader, who can scan them in their nature, shall find it otherwise. And if a verse, here and there, fal out a syllable shorter or longer than another, I rather aret it to the negligence and rape of Adam Scrivener, (that I may speak as Chaucer doth,) than to any unconning or oversight in the author...
Page 268 - RON'DEAU, a species of poetry, usually consisting of thirteen verses, of which eight have one rhyme, and five another. It is divided into three couplets, and at the end of the second and third, the beginning of the rondeau is repeated in an equivocal sense, if possible.

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