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" Venus appears to him, and, after having heard his prayer, appoints her priest called Genius, like the mystagogue in the picture of Cebes, to hear the lover's confession. This is the frame of the whole work, which is a singular mixture of classical notions,... "
Confessio Amantis of John Gower - Page xxxiii
by John Gower - 1857
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A History of English Literature

Thomas B.. Shaw - 1876 - 550 pages
...the lover's confession. This is the frame of the whole work, which is a singular mixture of classical notions, principally borrowed from Ovid's Ars Amandi,...idea, that as a good Catholic the unfortunate lover must state his distress to a father confessor. This is done, in the cotrrse of the confession, with...
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Chambers's Cyclopędia of English Literature: A History, Critical ..., Volume 1

Robert Chambers, Robert Carruthers - Authors, English - 1876
...of the poem (1857), describes it as 'a mixture of classical notions, principally borrowed from Ovid, e place death, considering who thou art, If any of my kinsmen find thee here. must state his distress to a father confessor.' In the poem, Venus is enjoined to 'greet well1 Chaucer,...
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A History of English Literature and of the Chief English Writers: Founded on ...

Alexander Hamilton Thompson, Thomas Budd Shaw - English literature - 1901 - 836 pages
...the whole work, which is a singular mixture of classical notions, principally borrowed from Ovid's An Amandi, and of the purely medieval idea that, as a good Catholic, the unfortunate lover must state his distress to a father confessor. This is done, in the course of the confession, with...
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Confessio amantis of John Gower

John Gower - 1857
...the lover's confeflion. This is the frame of the whole work, which is a fingular mixture of claflkal notions, principally borrowed from Ovid's Ars Amandi,...father confeflbr. This is done in the courfe of the confeffion with great regularity and even pedantry : all the paflions of the human heart, which generally...
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