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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 well CHAUCER whan ye mcte ---
Of ditees and of fonges glade,
The which be---made,
The londe fullfilled is over all.

GOWER.
My maifier CHAUCER---chiefe poete of Bretayne----
Whom all this londe schulde of ryght preferre,
Sith of our langage he was the lode-sterre-...
That made firft to dyftylle and rayne
The gold dewe dropys of fpeche and eloquence
into our tunge thrugh his excellence.

LYDGATE
The honour of English tong is dede.--.
My maysler CHAUCER, floure of eloquence,
Mirrour offructuous entendement,
Universel fadir in scicnce----
This londis verray trefour and richelle-...
The firste fynder of our fayre langage.

OCCLEVE.
Venerabili CHAUCER, "rincipali poete but perc,
Hevinly trumpet, orlege a. d reguleren,
In eloquence balme, condict and dial),
Mylky fountane, clere ftrand, and rois riall,
of fresche endite throw Albiouniland braid. DOUGLAS.

O reverend CHAUCER! rose of rethouris all,
As in oure toung flour imperial
That raise in Brittane evir, quha reidis right
Thou beiris of Makers the triumphs royall,
The fresche enamilt termes celeftiall:
This mater couth haif illuminit full bricht,
Was thou nucht, of our Inglis all the light,
Surmounting every toung terreftriali
As far as Mayi's morrow dois midnight.

DUNBAR

VOL. V.

EDINBURG:
AT THE Apolo Press, BY THE MARTINO,

Anno 17326

POETICAL WORKS

OF

GEOFFREY CHAUCER.

VOL. V.

CONTAINING HIS

CANTERBURY TALES, viz. TIJENOVNESPREESTESTALE, THE MAXCIPLES TALE, THE SECOND) NONNES TALE; THE PERSONES TALE, TUECHAN.YEMANNESTALE,

isc. &c. &c.

But natheles certain
I can right now nucbrifty Tale sain,
But CHAUCER,(though he can but iewedly
On metres and ooriming craftily)
Ilath sayd hem in swiche Englih as he can
of olde time, as knoweih many a man ;
And if he have not fayd hem, leveh other,
In u book, he hath fayd hem in another-.--
Who so that wol his large Volume reke. TALES, ver. 440 5

Dan CHAUCER, well of Englihindehl's,
On Fame's eternal bead-roll worthy to be fil'd----
Old Dan Geffrey, in whore gentle spright
The pure well-head of poetry did duello-
He will he lived was the loveraigne head
Of hcpherds all-------

SPENSER,
Old CHAUCER, like theriorrir afta,
Tous discuiers day from far,
His light thoie mifts and cloud. di To v2
Which our dark nation longinvoin'd;"
But ne descending to the shades
Darkness again the ageinvades,

DIXHAM.
CHAUCER,nim who firit with harmony inform'd
Thelanguage of our fathers---His legends blithe
He fang of love or knighthood, or the wiles
Of homely life, thro'eachelate and age
The fainions and the follies of the world
With cunning hand portraying-
Him who in times......
Dark and untaucht began with charming verse
Totame the rudeness of his native land.

AKENSIDE.

EDINBURG:
AT THE Apollo Press, BY THE MARTINS.

Anno 1782.

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