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Withouten harme, till ye be ther you lest,
"The vertue of this ring, if ye wol here,
I Writhing—turning. ? He coude, &c.—He knew many a contrivance. 3 He waited, f.-i.e. he waited until the stars were favourable to him.
n this, &c.-against this pleasant summer-time. 5 Steven-from the Anglo-Saxon stefn-ian, to set up, institute; hence steven is instituted language, speech. 6 Bote-from the Anglo-Saxon, bot-an, to superadd, satisfy-satisfaction, help, remedy; do bote-cure. The words boot, in “to boot" and bootless, are derived from this word. Kerve--carve, cut.
Shal never be hole, til that you list of grace
And whan this knight hath thus his talé told,
Gret was the prees16 tbat swarméd to and fro,
I That you list of prace--that you please. as an act of favour. 2 Platte-tha flat part. 3 Thilke--the same. 4 Ther-where. 5 Ye moten- you must. 6 Soth-sooth, truth. 7 Glose--deceit. 8 Ladde-led. 9 Unarmed we should now write “disarmed." 10 Richelich-richly, with much ceremony. Yfette -fetched. 14 Remued from the French remuer, to stir-removed. " Polive -pulley. 14 Con-know. 15 Voiden-remove. 16 Prees--press. " Gauren-gaze. 18 Therwith-with that, at the same time. 19 Horsly-here applied to a horse, as manly is to a man.
As it a gentle Poileis courserl were;
But evermore hir mosté wonder was,
“Min herte," quod on, “is evermore in drede;
Now after mete there goth this noble king
| Poileis courser-a horse of Apulia, in Italy, which in old French was called Poille. The horses of that country were much esteemed. ? Certes—certainly, surely. 3 Wend-weened, thought. 4 Been-bees, 5 Maden skilles-made or gave reasons. 6 The Grekes, &c.-Sinon the Greek's horse. ? Moun—for mowen, may. 8 Gestes-from the Latin gestum, an achievement-
-quoth. 10 Trowe-believe. 11 Shapen hem--prepare themselves, make ready. 12 Rowned-whispered. 18 Jogelours-jugglers. See note 7, p. 20. 14 Routecompany. See note 5, p. 131. 15 Ther as-whereas, on which occasion. 16 Tho - then.
The vertue of this courser, and the might,
This hors, anon, gan for to trip and daunce,
Enfourměd whan the king was of the knight,
I His governaunce-the mode of governing him. 2 Trill-twirl, turn round. This word is akin to drill, thrill, twirl, tirl. (See an article on the meaning and origin of the verb to tirl, by Mr. G. C. Lewis, in the "Classical Museum,” Vol. i, p. 113–124.) 3 Stant-i. e. which stands. Moten nempne-must name. 5 Ther as you list, &c.- Where you wish to stop. 6 Gin-engine. 7 Bore -borne. 8 Clepen-call. 9 Lefe — pleasing, beloved. 10 N'ot-know not. 11 Lete-let, leave. 12 Lust-connected with list, and lest-pleasure.
This Cambuscán his lordés festeying,
GOOD COUNSAIL OF CHAUCER.2 Fly fro the prease, and dwell with sothfastness, 4 Suffise unto5 thy good though it be small, For horde hath hate, and climbing tikelnesse, Prease hath envy, and wele? is blent over all, Savours no more than thee behové shall, Redeo well thy selfe that other folke canst rede, And trouth thee shall deliver, it is no drede.lo Peine thee not ech crooked to redresse, In trust of her that tourneth as a ball, Great rest standèth in little businesse, Bewarel2 also to spurne againe a nall,13 Strive not as doth a crockél4 with a wall, Demél5 thy selfe that demest others dede, 16 And trouth thee shall deliver, it is no drede.
| Thus concludes what is called the first part of the story. The second describes the rising of Canace at daybreak, to try the effect of her ring. The sun rise is thus simply and freshly painted :
" The vapour, which that fro the erthé glode, (glided,)
That it made all hir hertes for to light (lighten)
Right by hir song, and knew al hir entent.” Her attention is soon attracted to a falcon, whose pitiful lamentation extends over nearly 200 lines, and is for the most part very prolix and wearisome Shortly after the piece abruptly closes, being evidently left-if we judge by the plan which the author lays down-even less than "half told.” Spenser in the " Faerie Queen," (Bk. iv, Cantos 2 and 3,) afterwards attempted to supply the deficiency.
2 This is said to have been Chaucer's last composition, and written upon his death-bed “when he was in great anguish." 3 Prease-press, crowd. Sothfastnesse-truth, 5 Suffise unto, &c.—Be satisfied with thy wealth. Tikelnesse --uncertainty. ? Wele is, 8C.-Wealth or riches are blind (blent) or deceitful above all things. 8 Savour-taste, affect. 9 Rede-counsel. 10 It is no dredethere is no fear or doubt, 1 Her that turneth, fc.-Fortune. 12 Beware-take care not, like the French gardez-vous de. 13 Nall-nail. 14 Crocke-earthen pitcher. 15 Deme-judge. 16 Others dede-others' deed, that which is done by others,