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GEOFFREY CHAUCER. 1328-1400.
Wnanne that April with his shoures sote
Canterbury Talet.1 Prologue. Line 1.
And smale foules maken melodie,
That slepen alle night with open eye,
So priketh hem nature in hir eorages;
Than longen folk to gon on pilgrimages. Line 9.
And of his port as meke as is a mayde. Line 69.
He was a veray parfit gentil knight. Line 72.
He eoude songes make, and wel endite. Line 95.
Ful wel she sange the serviee devine,
Entuned in hire nose ful swetely;
And French she spake ful fayre and fetisly.
After the seole of Stratford atte bower,
For Frenehe of Paris was to hire unknowe. Line 122.
A Clerk ther was of Oxenforde also. Line 287.
For him was lever han at his heddes hed
A twenty hokes, clothed in black or red,
Of Aristotle, and his philosophie,
Than robes riehe, or fidel, or santrie.
But all he that he was a philosophre,
Yet hadde he but litel gold in eofre. Line 295.
l Text of Tyrwhitt. And gladly wolde he lerne, and gladly teehe.
Canterbury Tales. Prologue. Line 310.
Nowher so hesy a man as he ther n' as,
And yet he semed hesier than he was. Lim 323.
His studie was but litel on the Bible. Line 440.
For gold in phisike is a cordial ;
Therefore he loved gold in special. Line 445.
Wide was his parish, and houses fer asonder. Line 493.
This noble ensample to his shepe he yaf,
That first he wrought, and afterwards he taught.
Line 408. But Cristes lore, and his apostles twelve, He taught, but first he folwed it himselve. Line 529.
And yet he had a thumb of gold parde.1 Line 565.
Who so shall telle a tale after a man,
He moste reherse, as neigbe as ever he can,
Everieh word, if it be in his charge,
All speke he never so rudely and so large;
Or elles he moste tellen his tale untrewe,
Or feinen thinges, or finden wordes newe. Line 733.
For May wol have no slogardie a-night.
The Knightet Tale. Line 1044.
Up rose the sonne, and up rose Enielie. Line 2275.
To maken vertue of neeessite. Line 3044.
And brought of mighty ale a large quart.
The Milleret Tale. Line 349'.
1 ln allusion to the proverb, "Every honest miller has a golden thumb."
Yet in our ashen eold is fire yreken.1
Canterbury Tales. The Reves Prologue. Line 3880.
So was hire jolly whistle wel ywette.
The Reves Tale. Line 4153.
And for to see, and eek for to be seye.2
The Wifof Bathes Prologue, tine 6134.
I hold a mouse's wit not worth a leke,
That hath but on hole for to sterten to.2 Line 0154.
Loke who that is most vertuous alway,
The Wif of Bathes Tale. Line 6695.
That he is gentil that doth gentil dedis. Line 6752.
This flour of wifly patience.
The Clerkes Tale. Pars v. Line 8797.
They demen gladly to the bladder end.
The Squire's Tale. Line 10538.
Fie on possession, But if a man be vertuous withal.
The Frankeleines Prologue. Line 10998.
Truth is the highest thing that man may keep.
The Frankeleines Tale. Line 11789.
Mordre wol out, that see we day by day.4
The Noanes Preestes Tale. Line 15058.
1 E'en in our ashes live their wonted fires. — Gray, Elegy, St. 23. - Spectatum veniunt, veniunt spectentur nt ipsa;.
Ovid, Ar t of Love, i. 99.
3 See Pope. Page 289.
4 Murder, though it have no tongue, will speak With most miraculous organ.
Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act ii. Se. 2.
But all thing, whieh that shineth as the gold,
Canterbury Tales. The Chanonet Yemaanet Tale. Line 16430.
The firste vertue, sone, if thou wilt lere, is to restreine, and kepen wel thy tonge.
The Manciple's Tale. Line 17281.
Of harmes two the lesse is for to eheese.2
Troitus and Creteide. Booh ii. Line 470.
For of fortunes sharpe adversite,
The worst kind of infortune is this,
A man that hath been in prosperite,
And it remember, whan it passed is. Book iii. Line 1625.
One eare it heard, at the other out it went.
Book iv. Line 435.
The lyfe so short, the craft so long to lerne,
The Assemhly of Foulet. Line 1.
For out of the old fieldes, as men saithe.
Cometh al this new corner fro yere to yere,
And out of old hookes, in good faithe,
Cometh al this new science that men lere. Line 22.
Nature, the viear of the almightie Lord. line 379.
Of all the floures in the mede. Than love I most these floures white and rede, Soeh that men eallen daisies in our toun.
Prologue of the Legend of Good Women. Line 41.
That well by reason men it call may
1 See Appendix, p. 635. * See Appendix, p. 646.
THOMAS A KEMPIS. 1380-1471. Man proposes, but God disposes.1
Imitation of Christ. Book i. Ch. 19.
And when he is out of sight, quickly also is he out of mind.'' Ch. 23.
Of two evils, the less is always to be ehosen.2
Book hi. Ch. 12.
THOMAS TUSSER. 1523-1580. Time tries the troth in everything.
Fire Hundred Points of Good Husbandry. Author's EpistU. Ch.l.
God sendeth and giveth, both mouth and the meat.
Good Husbandry lessons.
The stone that is rolling can gather no moss.4 Ibid.
1 This expression is of much greater antiquity; it appears in the Chronicle of Battel Abbey, p. 27 (Lower's translation), and in Piers Ploughmant Vision, line 13,994.
A man's heart deviseth his way; but the Lord direeteth his steps. — Proverbs xvi. 9. » Ont of syght, out of mind. — Googe's Eglogs. 1563. And out of mind as soon as ont of sight.
Lord Brooke, Soanet lvi.
* Compare Chaueer. Page 4.
* A rowling stone gathers no moss.
Gosson's Ephemerides ofPhialo.