Fabliaux Or Tales, Abridged from French Manuscripts of the XIIth and XIIIth Centuries, Volume 1

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J. Rodwell, 1815 - English poetry - 304 pages
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Page 173 - And ever against eating cares, Lap me in soft Lydian airs, Married to immortal verse, Such as the meeting soul may pierce In notes, with many a winding bout Of linked sweetness long drawn out, With wanton heed, and giddy cunning, The melting voice through mazes running, Untwisting all the chains that tie The hidden soul of harmony ; That Orpheus...
Page 203 - Tale," where the strange knight " salueth " all the conrt " With so high reverence and observance, As well in speeche as in contenance, That Gawain, with his olde curtesie, Though he were come agen out of faerie, Ne coude him not amenden with a word.
Page xxxviii - This extraordinary spectacle was beheld by a numerous assembly of both sexes with great composure : they had the authority of scripture for such a representation, and they gave matters just as they found them in the third chapter of Genesis.
Page 56 - Thus the merry notes did chime, ' All who mighty love obey, Sadly wasting in your prime, Clerk and laick, grave and gay ! Yet do ye, before the rest, Gentle maidens, mark me tell ! Store my lesson in your breast, Trust me it shall profit well : Hear, and heed me, and be bless'd ! ' So sang the bird of old : but when he spied The carle draw near, with alter'd tone he cried — ' Back, river, to thy source ; and thee, tall tower, Thee, castle strong, may gaping earth devour ! Bend down your heads,...
Page 168 - In none of these lays do we find the qualities attributed to that sort of composition by M. de la Ravaliere. According to these examples, we should rather define the lay to be a species of serious narrative poetry, of a moderate length, in a simple style, and light metre.
Page 53 - In choice delight so passing all the rest, No castle, burgh, or city might compare With the quaint beauties of that mansion rare. The sooth to say, I fear my words may seem Like some strange fabling or...
Page 59 - What may I more relate ? — the captive wight Assay'd to melt the villain all he might ; And fairly promis'd, were he once set free, In gratitude to teach him secrets three ; Three secrets, all so marvellous and rare, His race knew nought that might with these compare." " The carle prick'd up his ears amain ; he loos'd The songster thrall, by love of gain seduc'd ; Up to the summit of the pine-tree's shade Sped the blithe bird, and there at ease he stay'd, And trick'd his plumes full leisurely,...
Page 213 - AD, 1400, addressed to Owain Glyndwr, is the following allusion to this warrior : — "Thou hast travelled by land and by sea in the conduct of thine affairs, like Owain ap Urien in days of yore, when, with activity, he encountered the black knight of the water.
Page 59 - Nay, fear not,' quoth the clown, ' for death or wrong ; I only seek to profit by thy song ; I'll get thee a fine cage, nor shalt thou lack Good store of kernels and of seeds to crack ; ' But sing thou shalt ; for if thou play'st the mute, I'll spit thee, bird, and pick thy bones to boot.
Page 57 - And wither'd be each fruit-tree's mantling shade ! Beneath these beauteous branches once were seen Brave gentle knights disporting on the green, And lovely dames ; and oft, these flowers among, Stay'd the blithe bands, and joy'd to hear my song! Nor would they hence retire, nor quit the grove, Till many a vow were past of mutual love; These more would cherish, those would more deserve ; Cost, courtesy, and arms, and nothing swerve. O bitter change ! for master now we see A faitour villain carle of...

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