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Geoffrey Chaucer
English poet
(c. 1343 - 1400)



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Whan that Aprill with his shoures soote
The droghte of March hath perced to the roote,
And bathed every veyne in swych licour
Of which vertu engendred is the flour;
-- Canterbury Tales, General Prologue

He loved chivalrie,
Trouthe and hnour, fredom and curteisye.
-- Canterbury Tales, General Prologue

He was a verray, parfit gentil knyght.
-- Canterbury Tales, General Prologue

Ful weel she soong the service dyvyne,
Entuned in hir nose ful semely,
And Frenssh she spak ful faire and fetisly,
After the scole of Stratford atte Bowe,
For Frenssh of Parys was to hire unknowe.
-- Canterbury Tales, General Prologue

His heed was balled, that shoon as any glas,
And eek his face, as he hadde been enoynt.
-- Canterbury Tales, General Prologue

He knew the tavernes wel in every toun.
-- Canterbury Tales, General Prologue

Of studie took he most cure and most hede.
Noght o word spak he more than was nede,
And that was seyd in forme and reverence,
And short and quik, and ful of hy sentence.
Souninge in moral vertu was his speche,
And gladly wolde he lerne, and gladly teche.
-- Canterbury Tales, General Prologue

She was a worthy womman al hir lyve:
Housbondes at chirche dore she hadde fyve,
Withouten oother compaignye in youthe,
But thereof nedeth nat to speke as nowthe.
-- Canterbury Tales, General Prologue

But Cristes lore, and his apostles twelve,
He taught; but first he folwed it himselve.
-- Canterbury Tales, General Prologue

With scalled browes blake, and piled berd;
Of his visage children were aferd.
-- Canterbury Tales, General Prologue

Well koulde he rede a lessoun or a storie,
But alderbest he song an offertorie.
-- Canterbury Tales, General Prologue


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The selection of the above quotes and the writing of the accompanying notes was performed by the author David Paul Wagner.

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