Tales of the Seven Deadly Sins: Being the Confessio Amantis

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Routledge, 1889 - Deadly sins - 446 pages

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Page 438 - Withoute makynge any more, Of love and of his dedly hele, Which no phisicien can hele. For his nature is so divers, That it hath evere som travers Or of to moche or of to lite, That pleinly mai noman delite, 3160 Bot if him faile or that or this.
Page 83 - The thridde weke, and tell him pleine To every point, what it amounteth. And if so be that he miscounteth To make in his answere a faile, There shall none other thinge availe, The king saith, but he shall be dede And lese his goodes and his hede. This knight was sory of this thinge, And wolde excuse him to the kinge ; But he ne wolde him nought forbere, And thus the knight of his answere Goth home to take avisement.
Page vii - And while he thus touches the root of his country's philosophy, the form of his prayer that what he has written may be what he would wish it to be, is still a thoroughly sound definition of good English writing. His prayer is that there may be no word of untruth, and that 'each word may answer to the thing it speaks of, pleasantly and fitly ; that he may flatter in it no one, and seek in it no praise above the praise of God. Give me,' he asks, ' that there shall be less vice and more virtue for my...
Page 186 - And fome time into Tartarie, So that thefe heralds on him crie : Vailant, vailant, lo, where he goth. And than he yiveth hem golde and cloth, So that his fame mighte fpringe And to his ladies ere bringe Some tiding of his worthinefTe, So that me might of his prowefle Of that me herde men recorde The better unto his love accorde...
Page 265 - That lighter is to fle 1 the flint Than gete of him in hard or neisshe Only the value of a reisshe Of good in helping of an other, Nought though it were his owne brother. For in the cas of yift and lone Stant every man for him alone.
Page 434 - And grete well Chaucer, when ye mete. As my disciple and my poete ; For in the floures of his youthe, In sondry wyse, as he wel couthe...
Page 295 - ... for 4 he should seem fresh : And thus he looketh on his flesh, Right as a hawk which hath a sight Upon the fowl, there he shall light : And as he were a...
Page 411 - And se your owne lege men With other that ben of your ken That live in longing and desire Till ye be come ayein to Tire. This tale after the king it had Pentapolim all oversprad. There was no joie for to seche, For every man it had in speche And saiden all of one accorde : ' A worthy king shall ben our lorde ; That thought us first an hevinesse Is shape us now to great gladndsse.
Page 70 - ... frendes : sothly, if they pray for him that is not worthy and able, it is simonie, if he take the benefice : and if he be worthy and able, ther is non.

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