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GEOFF. CHAUCER.

IN FOURTEEN VOLUMES,

THE MISCELLANEOUS PIECES

Eroro Uny'i Edition 1711,

THE CANTERBURY TALES

From TyrivbitVi Edition 1775.

Gret* well CHAUCER whan ye mete—-
Of ditcesand of songes glade,
The which he—made.
The lojidefullfiUcd is overall. GOVER.

My maister CHAUCER—chiefepoete of Brctaync

Vr'hoinallUiislondeschiildeof ryghtpreferre,

liith of ourlugagehe was thelode-fterre

That made first to dyttylleand ray ac

The gold dewe dropy* <>f Coeche and eloquence

Into rftir tunge thrugh his eicelle»ce. LYDGATE.

The hinour of English long is dede—
My may sterCH AUCER, floure of eluqueoce,
Mirrour of froctuoua entendement*
UnWciiel farfir in science—
This luodis verray tresourand HehesTe—-
The firfte f yndcr of our fayre langage. OCCLEVE.

VenerabiilCHA UCER,priuei pall poete but pere,
Hevinly trumpet, orlege and rcgulere,
In eloquence bfilme, condict and dial],
Mylky fountane, clefe Itrand^and rois riill,
Of fresebe endite throw AtolaVM iland braid. DOUGLAS.

O reverend CHALCEK! r*fcof ret hour is all,
As in ou« toungflouni.-tiperial
That raise in Brittaneevjr..qwti reidis right
Thou beiris of Makers the triumphs myall,
Thefrcfcnccnamtlttermeacelefliall:
This mater couth half ilium init full hricht,
Wastbouflocht,ofour Inglis all the light,
Surmounting every toting terrestriall As far as MayTi morrow dois midnight. T>UNBAR.

Vol. 1.
Edinburg:

AT THI apOlIO Jg)r?s«(, BY THE MARTINI.
Aunt J J %i.

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POETICAL WORKS

O F

GEOFFREY CHAUCER.

VOL. I.

CONTAINING HIS
LIFE, with H ACCOUNT 0* HIS WORKS,

PREFACES, j TESTIMONIES OF AU TH0R5

INTRODUCTORY DISCOURSES, ll CONCERNING HIM,

&c. Vc. 6rV.

But natheles certain
I can right *<iw no thrifty Tale fain.
But CHAUCER, (though he can but lewedly
On metres and on riming craftily)
Hath sayd hem to iwiche English as he can,
Of olde time,TM fcnoweth many a man;
And if he have not sa yd hem, I eve brother.,

In o book, he hath sayd hem in another

■Who so lhat wnl his large Volume seke. TALES, ver. 446$.

Dan CHAUCER, well of English undefil'd,
On Tame's eternal bead-roll worthy to be fii'd—
Old Dan Geffrey, in whose gentle sp/ight

The pure well-head of poctrydid dweti

■He whilst he lived was the soveraigne head

•Of shepherds ail SPENSER.

Old CHAUCER.lifcc the mooring star,

To us discovers day fromfar \

ilis light those mifts and clouds diflblv*d

Which our dark nation-longinvolv'd;

»ut he descendingio the shades

Darknessagain theageinvades. DENHAM.

CHAUCER, him who first with harr* ny inform'd

The language of our sal hers—Hislegendsblithe

He fang of love or knighthood, or the wiles

i)f humdy life, thro'each estate and age

The fashions and the follies of the world

With cunning band portraying —

Him who in times

Dark and untaught began with charming verse

To taine the rudeness of his native land. AK.ENSIDE.

EDINBURG:

AT TMM apOTTO JpresiS, BY THE MARTINS.
Anno 1782,

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