The Legend of Good Women

Clarendon Press, 1889 - 229 pàgines

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[Review of Ann McMillan's translation:] Geoffrey Chaucer abandoned writing the Legend of Good Women halfway through. When you read this modernization, you may be tempted to do the same. I am ... Llegeix la ressenya completa

The legend of good women

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Good women, and men interested in women in literature but not familiar with Middle English, will welcome this book. Other translations, like this one accurate and readable, are available; but the ... Llegeix la ressenya completa

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Pàgina 31 - ... ye your trouthe of love and your renoun ; And thou, Tisbe, that hast of love swich peyne ; My lady cometh, that al this may disteyne. Herro, Dido, Laudomia, alle y-fere, And Phyllis, hanging for thy Demophoun, And Canace, espyed by thy chere, Ysiphile, betraysed with Jasoun, Maketh of your trouthc neyther boost ne soun ; Nor Ypermistre or Adriane, ye tweyne ; My lady cometh, that al this may disteyne.
Pàgina iii - Women," long ago Sung by the morning star of song, who made His music heard below ; Dan Chaucer, the first warbler, whose sweet breath Preluded those melodious bursts that fill The spacious times of great Elizabeth With sounds that echo still.
Pàgina 179 - So she furnished herself with a world of gifts, store of gold and silver, and of riches and other sumptuous ornaments, as is credible enough she might bring from so great a house, and from so wealthy and rich a realm as Egypt was. But yet she carried nothing with her wherein she trusted...
Pàgina 173 - Febo, delle quali ancor la fronte spero d'ornarmi, sol che '1 concediate: le sante orecchi a" miei prieghi porgete e quelli udite come voi dovete. 11 E' m'è venuto in voglia con pietosa rima di scrivere una istoria antica, tanto negli anni riposta e nascosa che latino autor non par ne dica, per quel ch'io senta, in libro alcuna cosa; dunque sì fate che la mia fatica sia graziosa a chi ne fìa lettore o in altra maniera ascoltatore.
Pàgina 181 - Bruce (viii. 351, ix. 263, 269, xvii. 104, 575), with the sense 'fled in different directions,' or ' fled away.' Cf. ' the wlcne to-gaS,' the clouds part asunder ; Morris, Spec, of Eng. pt. I. p. 7, l. 169. And again, ' thagh the fourme of brede to-go,' though the form of bread disappear ; Shoreham's Poems, p. 29. That best go mighte, each in the way he could best go ; each made the best of his way to a safe place.
Pàgina 5 - As she, that is of alle floures flour, Fulfilled of al vertu and honour, And ever y-lyke fair, and fresh of hewe; And I love hit, and ever y-lyke newe, And ever shal, til that myn herte dye; Al swere I nat, of this I wol nat lye, Ther loved no wight hotter in his lyve.
Pàgina 211 - Minotaur (as the most part of ancient authors do write) by the means and help of Ariadne : who being fallen in fancy with him, did give him a clue of thread, by the help whereof she taught him, how he might easily wind out of the turnings and cranks of the Labyrinth.
Pàgina 4 - I feyth and ful credence, And in myn herte have hem in reverence So hertely, that ther is game noon That fro my bokes maketh me to goon...
Pàgina 4 - On bokes for to rede I me delyte, And in myn herte have hem in reverence ; And to hem yeve swich lust and swich credence, That ther is wel unethe game noon That from my bokes make me to goon, But hit be other up-on the haly-day, Or...
Pàgina 11 - And, as I koude, this fresshe flour I grette, Knelyng alwey, til it unclosed was, Upon the smale, softe, swote gras, That was with floures swote enbrouded al, Of swich swetnesse and swich odour overal, That, for to speke of gomme, or herbe, or tree, Comparisoun may noon ymaked bee; For yt surmounteth pleynly alle odoures, And of riche beaute alle floures.

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