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aftir anon answerid array aubépine ayen beau beauté began behold blanc bosquet bough braunch chaplets Chaucer Chaucer's poem Cheltenham chêne vert Chevalier de Chatelain Clad company dauncid dede doughtir églantier Ellesmere English poetry erthly everichone evir fairist father of English February feuille fleur Floure Flower French language French verse fresh full gentil gode godely gold good grete grove guirlande herbir hert honour January John knightis ladies lady last laurier-rose Leaf Lefe litil little Lord made make methought middis Miss néflier nevir noble dame othir passid plesaunt plesauntly POESIE ANGLAISE preux quaint quod rede Rév rich richly right sight Sith sodainly sothly soudain speke spirit stode stone storme surcot swete task ther hedis ther horse thing Thomas thought time toke translated translation translator trouth trow understand Unto vert laurier ware wele werin white wight withoutin wodebind Wollin ye may yede
Page 16 - At the last, out of a grove, evin by, (That was right godely and plesaunt to sight) I se where there came singing, lustily, A world of ladies ; but to tell aright Ther beauty grete, lyith not in my might, Ne ther array; nevirtheless I shall Tell you a part, tho...
Page 6 - With braunchis brode, ladin with levis new, That sprongin out agen the sonne shene, — Some very rede, and some a glad light grene. W'hich (as me thought) was a right plesaunt sight , And eke the birdis songis for to here, Would have rejoisid any erthly wight, And I, that couth not yet in no manere Herin the nightingale of all the yere, Full busily herknid, with hert and ere, If I her voice pereeve could any where.
Page 44 - Had in the laurer sate, and did her might The whole service to sing longing to May, All sodainly began to take her flight; And to the lady of the Leafe forthright She flew, and set her on her hond softly, Which was a thing I marveled of greatly.
Page 16 - I speke not of all. The surcots white of velvet well fitting They werin clad, and the semis eche one As it werin a mannir garnishing, Was set with emeraudis one and one, By and by, but many a riche stone Was set on the purfilis, out of dout, Of collours...
Page 2 - Leaf ; afterward this gentlewoman learneth by one of these ladies the meaning hereof, which is this; they which honour the Flower, a thing fading with every blast, are such as look after beauty and worldly pleasure, but they that honour the Leaf, which abideth with the root notwithstanding the frosts and winter storms, are they which follow virtue and during qualities, without regard of worldly respects.
Page 40 - By the bond, which when the knightis had sene In like manir eche of them toke a knight Clad in the grene, and forth with them they fare To an hegge, where that they anon right To makin these justis they would not spare Boughis to hew down, and eke trees to square, Wherewith they made them stately firis grete . To dry ther clothis, that were wringing wete : And aftir that of herbis that there grew They made for blistirs of the sonne...
Page 8 - I se nevir a thing [I you ensure] So well ydone, for he that toke the cure It for to make [I trowe] did all his peine To make it pass all tho that men have seine.
Page 14 - The birdis song was more convenient, And more plesaunt to me by many fold Than mete or drink, or any othir thing, Thereto the herbir was so fresh and cold, The wholsome savours eke so comforting, That [as I demid] sith the beginning Of the worlde was nevir seen er than So plesaunt a ground of none erthly man.
Page 52 - Leaf given of that noble tree To any wight that hath done worthily, (An it be done so as it ought to be) Is more honour than any thing earthly ; Witness of Rome, that founder was truly Of all knighthood and deedds marvellous, Record I take of Titus Livius.