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THE

POETICAL WORKS

OF

GEOFF. CHAUCER.

IN FOURTEEN VOLUMES.
THE MISCELLANEOUS PIECES

From Urry's Edition 1721,
THE CANTERBURY TALES

From Tyrwbitt's Edition 1775.

Grete weil CHAUCER whan ye mcte----
Of ditees and of fonges glade,
The which he-made,
The londe fulfilled is over all.

GOWER.
My maifter CHAUCER---chiefe poete of Bretayne----
Whorn all this londe fchulde of rykht preferre,
Sith of our langage he was the lodc-ferre--..
That made firft to dy ft ylle and rayne
The gold dewe dropys of ipeche and eloquence
Into our tunge thrugh his excellence.

LYDGATE.
The honour of English tong is dede....
My maysler CHAUCER, floure of eloquence,
Mirrour of fructuous entendement,
Universel fadirin science----
This londis verray trefour and richeffe-...
The firfte fynder of our yre langage.

OCCLEVE.
Venerabili CHAUCER, principall poete but pere,
Hevinly trumpet, orlege and regi lere,
In eloquence baime, copacitard diail,
Mylky fountane, clere Arad, rurais riall,
Of frescheendite throw.ipicua fand braid.

DOUGLAS.
O reverend CHAUCER : role of rethouris all,
As in oure toung flour imperial
That raise in Brittane evir, quha reidis right
Thou beiris of Makers the triumphs royall,
Thc fresche enamilt terpies celcftiall:
This mater couth haifillur init Tull bricht,
Was thou nocht, of our Inglis all the light,
Surmounting every toung terreítriall
As far as Mavi's morrow dois mielnicht. DUNBAR.

VOL, II!.

EDINBURG:
At The Apollo Press, BY THE MARTINS.

Anno 1782.

THE

POETICAL WORKS

OF

GEOFFREY CHAUCER.

VOL. III.

CONTAINING HIS

THE WIFOF BATHES TALE, THE CLERKES TALE,
THE FRERES TALE,

THE MARCHANTES TALE, THE SOMPNOURES TALE, THE SQUIERES TALE,

&c. &c. &c.

CANTERBURY TALES, viz.

1

But patheles certain
I can right now no thrifty Tale sain,
But CHAUCER, (though he can but lewedly
On metres and on riming craftily)
Hath fayd hem in swiche English as he can
Of olde time, as knoweth many a man;
And if he have not fayd hem, leve brother,
In a book, be hath fayd hem in another---
Woo in that wol his large Volume seke. TALES, ver. 4465

Dan CHAUCER, well of English undefil'd,
On Fame's eternal head-roll worthy to be fil'd----
Old Dan Geffrey, in whose gentle spright
The pure well-head of poetry did dwell...-
He whilft he lived was the soveraigne head
Of thepherds all---

SPENSER,
Old CHAUCER, like the morning far,
To us discovers day from far;
His light those mifts and clouds diffoly'd
Which our dark nation long involv'd;
But he descending to the shades
Darkness again the age invades.

DENHAM
CHAUCER, him who firt with harmony inform'd
The language of our fathers... His legends blithe
he sang of love or knighthood, or the wiles
Of homely life, thro' each ellate and age
The fashions and the follies of the world
With cunning hand portraying-----
Him who in times------
Dark and untaught began with charming verfe
Totame tbe rudeness of his native land.

AKENSIDE.

EDINBURG:
AT THE Apoilo Press, by THE MARTIN S.

Anno 1782.

EX-Libris

Frederick Lyman Geddeso

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