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Page 211 - Redy to wenden on my pilgrimage To Caunterbury with ful devout corage, At night was come in-to that hostelrye Wei nyne and twenty in a companye, Of sondry folk, by aventure y-falle In felawshipe, and pilgrims were they alle, That toward Caunterbury wolden ryde ; The chambres and the stables weren wyde, And wel we weren esed atte beste.
Page ii - GIVE me my scallop-shell of quiet, My staff of faith to walk upon, My scrip of joy, immortal diet, My bottle of salvation, My gown of glory, hope's true gage; And thus I'll take my pilgrimage. Blood must be my body's balmer; No other balm will there be given; Whilst my soul, like quiet palmer, Travelleth towards the land of heaven, Over the silver mountains, Where spring the nectar fountains: There will I kiss The bowl of bliss; And drink mine everlasting fill Upon every milken hill. My soul will...
Page 189 - I say to thee, that it is right well done ; that pilgrims have with them both singers and also pipers : that when one of them that goeth barefoot striketh his toe upon a stone and hurteth him sore and maketh him to bleed ; it is well done, that he or his fellow, begin then a song or else take out of his bosom a bagpipe for to drive away with such mirth, the hurt of his fellow. For with such solace, the travail and weariness of pilgrims is lightly and merrily brought forth.
Page 188 - ... that they come through, what with the noise of their singing. and with the sound of their piping, and with the jangling of their Canterbury bells, and with the barking out of dogs after them, they make more noise than if the king came there away with all his clarions, and many other minstrels.
Page 71 - Then, as manere and custom is, signes there they bought, For men of contre should know whome they had sought, Eche man set his silver in such thing as they liked.
Page 235 - ... he gave opprobrious words to the gentlemen which then counselled him to leave his stubbornness, and to avoid the commotion of the people, risen up for that rescue, and he not only called the one of them
Page 60 - Pilgrimage for religion's saice, describes this place exactly, when he tells us that, " those who journey to London, not long after leaving Canterbury, find themselves in a road at once very hollow and narrow, and besides the banks on either side are so steen and abrupt that you cannot escape.
Page 163 - Abbeys were divers noble men and women, yea and in some Abbeys Kings, whose tombs were regarded no more than the tombs of all other inferior persons : for to what end should they stand, when the Church over them was not spared for their cause), and all things of price either spoiled, carped away, or defaced to the uttermost. "The persons that cast the lead into fodders, plucked up all the seats in the choir, wherein the monks sat when they said service ; which were like to the seats in minsters,...