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" ... doubtless drew; even the surprising interpretation of the tale of Mars and Venus has precedent in that popular work. And from the story of Pygmalion he extracts the unexceptionable moral (not to be found in Jean de Meun's version, where, as Gunn says,... "
Confessio Amantis of John Gower - Page 16
by John Gower - 1857
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Confessio Amantis of John Gower, Volume 2

John Gower - 1857
...of whom yet hath the note A certain ile, which Paphos Men clepe, and of his name it rofe. Confeflbr. By this enfample thou might finde, That word may worche...taken hede, Therof a folempne tale I rede, Whiche I fhall telle in remembraunce Upon the forte of loves chaunce. Hie ponit exempium The king Ligdus upon...
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The Complete Works of John Gower: English works (Confessio amantis, prol ...

John Gower - Latin poetry - 1901
...thou spare To speke, lost is al thi fare, For Slowthe bringth in alle wo. And over this to loke also, The god of love is favorable To hem that ben of love stable, And many a wonder hath befalle: Wherof to speke amonges alle, If that thee list to taken hede,...
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Courtly Love in Chaucer and Gower

William George Dodd - Courtly love - 1913 - 257 pages
...underfonge, Which Venus of hire grace herde (iv, 415-419). Speaking generally, the confessor remarks : The god of love is favorable To hem that ben of love stable (iv, 442-444). This deity is capable of feeling pity. Touched by the devotion of Iphis and lante,...
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Middle English Dictionary

Mary Jane Williams - Language Arts & Disciplines - 1990 - 128 pages
...CA 4 . 268 : Thou miht noght of thiself ben able To winne love or make it stable . Ibid . 4 . 444 : The god of love is favorable To hem that ben of love stable. (cl395) Chaucer CT. Cl.E. 93l : Hir goost was . . to hir housbonde euere meke and stable. c...
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A Companion to Gower

Siān Echard - Literary Criticism - 2004 - 286 pages
...positive role model to Amans. Genius prefaces the narrative by promising to tell a Tale which reveals that The god of love is favorable/ To hem that ben of love stable' (IV.443-4). He concludes it by stating that he has illustrated that it is 'grete besinesse'...
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Love & Ethics in Gower's Confessio Amantis

Peter Nicholson - Literary Criticism - 2005 - 461 pages
...poursuie / Thing which that is to love due" (4.509-10). Or as Genius puts it before the tale begins, "The God of Love is favorable / To hem that ben of love stable" (4.443-44). It is an optimistic view, both of the power of love and of its benevolence. Would...
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