Geoffrey Chaucer Quotes

Nowher so bisy a man as he ther nas, And yet he semed bisier than he was.
Geoffrey Chaucer (1340-1400), British poet. The Canterbury Tales, "General Prologue," l. 323-4 (c. 1387-1400), repr. In The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer, ed. Alfred W. Pollard, et al. (1898). Referring to the Sergeant of Law.
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The smylere with the knyf under the cloke.
Geoffrey Chaucer (1340-1400), British poet. The Canterbury Tales, "The Knight's Tale," l. 1999 (c. 1387-1400), repr. In The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer, ed. Alfred W. Pollard, et al. (1898).
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For I am shave as neigh as any frere. But yit I praye unto youre curteisye: Beeth hevy again, or elles moot I die.
Geoffrey Chaucer (1340?-1400), British poet. The Complaint of Chaucer to His Empty Purse (l. 19-21). . . Oxford Anthology of English Literature, The, Vols. I-II. Frank Kermode and John Hollander, general eds. (1973) Oxford University Press (Also published as six paperback vols.: Medieval English Literature, J. B. Trapp, ed.; The Literature of Renaissance England, John Hollander and Frank Kermode, eds.; The Restoration and the Eighteenth Century, Martin Price, ed.; Romantic Poetry and Prose, Harold Bloom and Lionel Trilling, eds.; Victorian Prose and Poetry, Lionel Trilling and Harold Bloom, eds.; Modern British Literature, Frank Kermode and John Hollander, eds.).
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Ye purs, that been to me my lives light And saviour, as in this world down here, Out of this tonne helpe me thurgh your might,
Geoffrey Chaucer (1340?-1400), British poet. The Complaint of Chaucer to His Empty Purse (l. 15-17). . . Oxford Anthology of English Literature, The, Vols. I-II. Frank Kermode and John Hollander, general eds. (1973) Oxford University Press (Also published as six paperback vols.: Medieval English Literature, J. B. Trapp, ed.; The Literature of Renaissance England, John Hollander and Frank Kermode, eds.; The Restoration and the Eighteenth Century, Martin Price, ed.; Romantic Poetry and Prose, Harold Bloom and Lionel Trilling, eds.; Victorian Prose and Poetry, Lionel Trilling and Harold Bloom, eds.; Modern British Literature, Frank Kermode and John Hollander, eds.).
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Soun is noght but air ybroken, And every speche that is spoken, Loud or privee, foul or fair, In his substaunce is but air; For as flaumbe is but lighted smoke, Right so soun is air ybroke.
Geoffrey Chaucer (1340-1400), British poet. the eagle, in The House of Fame, bk. 2, l. 257-62 (1374-1385), repr. In The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer, ed. Alfred W. Pollard, et al. (1898).
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But in the dome of mighty Mars the red,
Geoffrey Chaucer (1340?-1400), British poet. The Knight's Tale. . ; from THE CANTERBURY TALES Collected Black Women's Poetry. Vols. I-IV. Joan R. Sherman, ed. (1988) Oxford University Press.
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There was the murdered corpse, in covert laid, And violent death in thousand shapes displayed; The city to the soldier's rage resigned; Successless wars, and poverty behind; Ships burnt in fight, or forced on rocky shores, And the rash hunter strangled by the boars; The newborn babe by nurses overlaid; And the cook caught within the raging fire he made.
Geoffrey Chaucer (1340?-1400), British poet. The Knight's Tale. . ; from THE CANTERBURY TALES Collected Black Women's Poetry. Vols. I-IV. Joan R. Sherman, ed. (1988) Oxford University Press.
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Heaven froze above, severe; the clouds congeal, And through the crystal vault appeared the standing hail.
Geoffrey Chaucer (1340?-1400), British poet. The Knight's Tale. . ; from THE CANTERBURY TALES Collected Black Women's Poetry. Vols. I-IV. Joan R. Sherman, ed. (1988) Oxford University Press.
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There saw I how the secret felon wrought, And treason labouring in the traitor's thought, And midwife Time the ripened plot to murder brought.
Geoffrey Chaucer (1340?-1400), British poet. The Knight's Tale. . ; from THE CANTERBURY TALES Collected Black Women's Poetry. Vols. I-IV. Joan R. Sherman, ed. (1988) Oxford University Press.
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And he was redy with his iren hoot, And Nicholas amidde the ers he smoot:
Geoffrey Chaucer (1340?-1400), British poet. The Miller's Tale (l. 701-702). . ; from THE CANTERBURY TALES Oxford Anthology of English Literature, The, Vols. I-II. Frank Kermode and John Hollander, general eds. (1973) Oxford University Press (Also published as six paperback vols.: Medieval English Literature, J. B. Trapp, ed.; The Literature of Renaissance England, John Hollander and Frank Kermode, eds.; The Restoration and the Eighteenth Century, Martin Price, ed.; Romantic Poetry and Prose, Harold Bloom and Lionel Trilling, eds.; Victorian Prose and Poetry, Lionel Trilling and Harold Bloom, eds.; Modern British Literature, Frank Kermode and John Hollander, eds.).
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