And she again in right goodly mannere *going *By and by;* but many a riche stone                      *in Where she sat in a fresh green laurel tree, And more richly beseen, by many fold, In sign of which, with leaves aye lasting

Prester John: The half-mythical Eastern potentate, Were set about with many a precious stone. obvious; but in The Knight's Tale "jousts and array" Forums | Word play | Search. The Canterbury Tales and Other Poems. Home | Find a Poet when their clothes have been dried, and their wounds from sun So that they shoulde have felt no grievance*             *annoyance

About the field astray the steedes ran; Here is non home, here nys but wyldernesse. The hedge as thick was as a castle wall, HTML © 2001-2020, Selendy Communications. 'Ho! ' But, I n'ot* how, it happen'd suddenly                    *know

That it was a right noble sight to see'n; And, to my doom,* there never was, indeed,                *judgment That knightes have the ensign* of honour                  *insignia And at the last, as evenly as they could, And, hardily,* they were no thing to seek, assuredly A right fair lady, I do you ensure;*                        *assure The nine crowned be *very exemplair*            *the The countess was French, so French poets such as Guillaume de Machaut and Eustache Deschamps provided an early inspiration, and Chaucer’s earliest poems, The Book of the Duchess and The Parliament of Birds, rest on a heavy French base. That I might knowe, by some manner way Of fine tartarium <13> was, full richly beat;*   *embroidered All suddenly began to take her flight; For underneath it there might well have be*                   *been courteous grief And the jousting was alle left off clean, His lorde's helmet bare, so richly dight,*                 *adorned Some of laurel, and some full pleasantly And I pray God, to honour you advance, daisy" ("la marguerite"). The nightingale with so merry a note With great reverence, and that full humbly That gave so passing a delicious smell, But ay steadfast; nor for pleasance, nor fear, Of the precious laurel so notable, Some brake his spear, some threw down horse and man;

What that these knightes be in rich armour, Every trumpet his lord's armes bare; I found, that greatly had not used be; Is for* by it they have their laud wholly,                 *because a fool <6>* noticed in "The Cuckoo and the Nightingale," that it Since that thou know'st full lite* who shall behold         *little Unto a hedge, where that they anon right, Wax'd hote, that the pretty tender flow'rs Of their array: whoso list heare more, *                       *little

Godde's mercy!' For nothing lack'd, that *to him longe sho'ld. 1. vii. Saying plainely, that she would obey,

GEOFFREY CHAUCER The Canterbury Tales and Other Poems THE FLOWER AND THE LEAF ["The Flower and the Leaf" is pre-eminently one of those poems by which Chaucer may be triumphantly defended against the charge of licentious coarseness, that, founded upon his faithful representation of the manners, customs, and daily life "Malebouche." <23> and loftiest moral tone; and it amply deserved Dryden's special 13. The Worthies If I her voice perceive could anywhere. **part All [clad] in green; and, on their heades bare, A company, that wore, for their delight, From the same grove, where the ladies came out,

Was *happed thus* upon a certain night,        *thus

of all flowers flow'r,To thee I flee, confounded in errour!Help and relieve, almighty debonair,Have mercy of my perilous languour! As I suppose, had more hearte's ease In modern French form, "Sous la feuille, devers In white clothing, be servants ev'ry one A mighty spear, full sharp y-ground and keen; to my humour* Chaucer was descended from two generations of wealthy vintners who had everything but a title and in 1357 Chaucer began pursuing a position at court. All in white; [then] with semblance full demure Their steedes trapped and arrayed right, entertain or please a lover, in the present case it may Terms of Service  â€¢   Arrayed in clothes of white velvet; The Canterbury Tales and Other Poems Of ev'ry thing that I desir'd to know." Therein a goldfinch leaping prettily Shadowed from the heat of Phoebus bright, and all incline reverently to the laurel tree, which they And with great rev'rence they inclined low And for because that she a maiden is, And those certain be call'd The Nine Worthy, <18> Geoffrey Chaucer was born in London sometime between 1340 and 1344 to - The Academy of American Poets is the largest membership-based nonprofit organization fostering an appreciation for contemporary poetry and supporting American poets. decayed institution, when be founded the Order of the Garter. And she answer'd: "My daughter, gramercy! Would have rejoiced any earthly wight; The beste made that ever I had seen; In days of old there lived, of mighty fame,A valiant Prince, and Theseus was his name;A chief, who more in feats of arms excelled,The rising nor the setting sun beheld.... more », Whan seyd was al this miracle, every manAs sobre was, that wonder was to se,Til that oure Hooste japen tho bigan,And thanne at erst he looked upon me... more », Ther was, as telleth Titus Livius,A knyght that called was Virginius,... more », Whan folk hadde laughen at this nyce casOf Absolon and hende Nicholas,... more », WHEN ended was the life of Saint Cecile, Ere we had ridden fully five mile, <2> At Boughton-under-Blee us gan o'ertake A man, that clothed was in clothes black, And underneath he wore a ...... more », Experience, though noon auctoriteeWere in this world, were right ynogh to meTo speke of wo that is in mariage;... more », Whilom, as olde stories tellen us,Ther was a duc that highte Theseus;Of Atthenes he was lord and governour,... more », In Oxford there once lived a rich old loutWho had some guest rooms that he rented out,And carpentry was this old fellow's trade.... more », Ma dame, ye ben of al beaute shryneAs fer as cercled is the mapamonde;For as the cristall glorious ye shyne,And lyke ruby ben your chekys rounde.... more », THE Cook of London, while the Reeve thus spake,For joy he laugh'd and clapp'd him on the back:'Aha!'