The Canterbury Tales of Geoffrey Chaucer: A New Text with Illustrative Notes, Volume 1

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III
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IV
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V
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VI
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VII
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VIII
171
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X
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XI
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Page 23 - PERSOUN of a toun ; But riche he was of holy thought and werk. He was also a lerned man, a clerk, That Cristes gospel trewely wolde preche ; His parisshens devoutly wolde he teche.
Page 32 - He seyde, he hadde a gobet of the seyl That se'ynt Peter hadde, whan that he wente Up-on the see, til Jesu Crist him hente. He hadde a croys of latoun, ful of stones, And in a glas he hadde pigges bones.
Page 2 - And bathed every veyne in swich licour. Of which vertu engendred is the flour; Whan Zephirus eek with his swete breeth Inspired hath in every holt and heeth The tendre croppes...
Page 11 - Ful swetely herde he confessioun, And plesaunt was his absolucioun; He was an esy man to yeve penaunce Ther as he wiste...
Page 33 - For this ye knowen al so wel as I, Whoso shal telle a tale after a man, He moot reherce as ny as evere he kan Everich a word, if it be in his charge, Al speke he never so rudeliche and large, Or ellis he moot telle his tale untrewe, Or feyne thyng, or fynde wordes newe.
Page 3 - But natheles, whyl I have tyme and space, Er that I ferther in this tale pace, Me thinketh it acordaunt to resoun, To telle yow al the condicioun Of ech of hem, so as it semed...
Page 8 - But sore weep she if oon of hem were deed, Or if men smoot it with a yerde smerte: And al was conscience and tendre herte.
Page 26 - Ther nas no dore that he nolde heve of harre, 550 Or breke it, at a renning, with his heed. His berd as any sowe or fox was reed, And ther-to brood, as though it were a spade. Up-on the cop...
Page 32 - Than that the persoun gat in monthes tweye. And thus with feyned flaterie and japes, He made the persoun, and the poeple, his apes. But trewely to tellen atte laste, He was in churche a noble ecclesiaste.
Page 38 - WHYLOM, as olde stories tellen us, Ther was a duk that highte Theseus ; Of Athenes he was lord and governour, And in his tyme swich a conquerour, That gretter was ther noon under the sonne. Ful many a riche contree hadde he wonne ; What with his wisdom and his...

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