Five Hundred Years of Chaucer Criticism and Allusion 1357-1900, Volume 3

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Caroline Frances Eleanor Spurgeon
The University Press, 1925

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Page 94 - I have waded through Mr. Tyrrwhit's most tedious notes to the "Canterbury Tales," for a true Antiquary can still be zealous to settle the genuine shape of a lump of mineral from which Dryden extracted all the gold, and converted [it] into beautiful medals.
Page 54 - IN Bath a wanton wife did dwell, As Chaucer he doth write, Who did in pleasure spend her days, In many a fond delight. Upon a time...
Page 102 - It is worth while here to observe, that the affecting parts of Chaucer are almost always expressed in language pure and universally intelligible even to this day.
Page 102 - In defence of my opinion about the nightingales, I find Chaucer, — who of all poets seems to have been the fondest of the singing of birds, — calls it a merry note...
Page 88 - Birch, Thomas. The Heads of Illustrious Persons of Great Britain, engraven by Mr. Houbraken and Mr. Vertue. With their lives and characters by Thomas Birch.
Page 52 - Not manie Chawcers, or Lidgates, Gowers, or Occleues, Surries, or Heywoods, in those dayes : & how few Aschams or Phaers, Sidneys or Spensers, Warners or Daniels, Siluesters or Chapmans, in this pregnant age. But when shall we tast the preserued dainties of Sir Edward Dier, Sir Walter Raleigh, 'M. Secretarie...
Page 108 - The moon shines bright; in such a night as this, When the sweet wind did gently kiss the trees And they did make no noise, in such a night Troilus methinks mounted the Troyan walls And sighed his soul toward the Grecian tents, Where Cressid lay that night.
Page 105 - In all ages of our literary history it seems to have been considered almost as an essential part of a poet's duty to give up some pages to Scriptural story, or to the praise of his Maker, how remote soever from anything like religion the general strain of his writings might be. Witness the "Lamentation of Mary Magdalene" in the works of Chaucer, and the beautiful legend of " Hew of Lincoln," which he has inserted in the " Canterbury Tales ;" witness also the hymns of Ben Jonson.
Page 4 - So wolde god, that my symple connyng Ware sufficiaunt this goodly flour to prayse, For as to me ys non so ryche a thyng That able were this flour to countirpayse, O noble Chaucer, passyd ben thy dayse, Off poetrye ynamyd worthyest, And of makyng in alle othir days the best.
Page 74 - I find the first mention of this proverb in our English Ennius, Chaucer, in his Proeme to the Cook— "And many a Jack of Dover he had sold, Which had been two times hot, and two times cold.

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