Second Middle English Primer: Extracts from Chaucer, with Grammar and Glossary

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Clarendon Press, 1899 - English language - 115 pages
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Page 85 - But al be that he was a philosophre, Yet hadde he but litel gold in cofre...
Page 83 - For if he yaf, he dorste make avaunt, He wiste that a man was repentaunt. For many a man so hard is of his herte, He may nat wepe al-thogh him sore smerte. 230 Therfore, in stede of weping and preyeres, Men moot yeve silver to the povre freres.
Page 72 - And bathed every veyne in swich licour, Of which vertu engendred is the flour; Whan Zephirus eek with his sweete breeth Inspired hath in every holt and heeth The tendre croppes...
Page 87 - Ful ofte tyme he was knyght of the shire. An anlaas, and a gipser al of silk, Heeng at his girdel, whit as morne milk; A shirreve hadde he been, and a countour. Was nowher such a worthy vavasour.
Page 94 - That was al pomely grey, and highte Scot. A long surcote of pers upon he hade, And by his syde he bar a rusty blade. Of Northfolk was this reve, of which I telle, Biside a toun men clepen Baldeswelle. 620 Tukked he was, as is a frere, aboute, And evere he rood the hyndreste of oure route.
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Page 91 - For if a preest be foul, on whom we truste, No wonder is a lewed man to ruste; And shame it is, if a preest take keep, A shiten shepherde and a clene sheep.
Page 88 - If that he faught, and hadde the hyer hond, By water he sente hem hoom to every lond.
Page 89 - And yet he was but esy of dispence ; He kepte that he wan in pestilence. For gold in phisik is a cordial ; Therfore he lovede gold in special.
Page 93 - Now is nat that of God a ful fair grace That swich a lewed mannes wit shal pace The wisdom of an heep of lerned men?

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