Confessio amantis of John Gower, Volume 2

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Bell and Daldy, 1857

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Page 9 - Amahtis," tells the story of Grosteste, who was Roger Bacon's teacher. " For of the grete clerk Grostest I rede how busy that he was Upon the clergie and heved of bras To forge, and make it for to telle Of suche thinges as befelle.
Page 12 - ... was figure. Riht as a lyves creature Sche semeth, for of yvor whyt He hath hire wroght of such delit, That sche was rody on the cheke And red on bothe hire lippes eke; Wherof that he himself beguileth. For with a goodly lok sche smyleth, So that thurgh pure impression Of his ymaginacion With al the herte of his corage His love upon this faire ymage He sette, and hire of love preide; Bot sche no word ayeinward seide.
Page 365 - ... his god deceived — His ring, his mantle, and his beard, As he which nothing was afeard, All privily with him he bare ; And when the wardens were aware Of that, their god despoiled was, They thought it was a wondrous case, How that a man for any weal, Durst in so holy plac-e steal, And nam-e-ly, so great a thing ! — This tale cam-e unto the king, And was through spoken over-all. But for to know in special, What manner man hath done the deed, They soughten help upon the need, And maden calculation,...
Page 14 - ... 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, it represents 'the entelechy of feminine nature') that The god of love is favorable To hem that ben of love stable.
Page 309 - Men clepen him the worldes fo, For he no more than the Fende Unto none other man is frende, But all toward him self alone. " Forthy my sone, in thy persone This Vice above all other fle.
Page 202 - They were into his chamber brought, But no man wot why they be wrought, And natheles the king hath bede That they be set in privy stede, As he that was of wisdom slih ; Whan he therto his time sih...
Page 294 - Of stickes here and there a route And leide hem redy to his honde, Wherof he made his trusse and bonde. Fro daie to daie and in this wise This Ape profreth his servi"se, So that he had of wode inough.
Page 30 - Lovds craft. But yet ne fond I nought the haft Which might unto the blade accorde. For never herd I men recorde What thinge it is that might availe To winne love withoute faile. Yet so fer couthe I never finde Man that by reson ne by kinde Me couthe" teche suche an arte, That he ne failed of a parte. And as toward min owne wit Contrive I couthe" never yit To finden any sikernesse, That me might other more or lesse Of Love
Page 127 - A fhep right in the fame plite His wolle bereth, but on a day An other taketh the flees away. Thus hath he, that he nought ne hath, For he therof his part ne tath...
Page 203 - ware, ere that ye take ; For of that one, I undertake There is no manner good therein, Whereof ye mighten profit win. Now...

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