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 4

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T. Davison, 1804 - Great Britain - 22 pages

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Page 84 - gainst me, I am not moved with: if it gave them meat. Or got them clothes, 'tis well; that was their end. Only amongst them, I am sorry for Some better natures, by the rest so drawn, To run in that vile line.
Page 84 - Now for the players, it is true, I tax'd them, And yet but some; and those so sparingly, As all the rest might have sat still unquestioned, Had they but had the wit or conscience To think well of themselves.
Page 298 - ... manuteneatis, protegatis et defendatis, non inferentes eis seu quantum in vobis est ab aliis inferri permittentes injuriam, molestiam, dampna et violentiam, impedimentum aliquod seu gravamen.
Page 29 - I had richesse suffisauntly to m weive nede ; I had dignite to be reverenced in worship. Power me thought that I had to kepe fro min enemies ; and me semed to shine in glory of renome. — Every of tho joyes is turned into his contrary : for richesse, b seasons.
Page 193 - ... completely are they the very man that the poet desired to present to us! Shakspeare does not describe, he does seem to imagine the personages of his scene ; he waves his magic wand, and the personages themselves appear, and act over again, at his command, the passions, the impressions, and the sorrows of their former life. The past is present before us. GODWIN/ T Life of Chaucer, Vol.
Page 79 - Thou shalt him telle this message, That he upon his latter age, To sette an ende of alle his werke, As he who is mine owne clerke, Do make his testament of love. We would not slander Chaucer's temper, — we believe, on the contrary, that he had the sweetest temper in the world, — and...
Page 94 - This oak was of a kind so excellent, cutting a grain clear as any clap-board (as appeared in the wainscot which was made thereof), that a thousand pities 'tis some seminary of the acorns had not been propagated to preserve the species. Chaucer's Oak, tho' it were not of these dimensions, yet was it a very goodly tree.
Page 198 - Tales in particular, have an absolute merit, which stands in need of no extrinsic accident to show it to advantage, and no apology to atone for its concomitant defects. They class with whatever is best in the poetry of any country or any age.
Page 286 - Rex omnibus ad quos &c. salutem. "Sciatis, quod de Gratia nostra speciali concessimus et Licentiam dedimus...
Page 183 - Sidney speaks with so much delight, though deficient in action, cannot be (p. 171] too much admired for the suavity and gentleness of nature which it displays. . . . All the milder and more delicate feelings of the soul are displayed . . . and displayed in a manner which none but a poet of the purest and sweetest dispositions, and at the same time of the greatest discrimination, could have attained. The Canterbury Tales is certainly one of the most extraordinary monuments of human genius . . . What...

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