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IN FOURTEEN VOLUMES.
THE MISCELLANEOUS PIECES

From Urry's Edition 1721,
THE CANTERBURY TALES

From Tyrwbitt's Edition 1775.

Grete well CHAUCER whan ye mete---.
Of ditees and of fonges glade,
The which he---made,
The londe fullfilled is overall.

GOWER
My maifter CHAUCER---chiefe poete nf Bretayne----
Whom all this londefchulde of ryght preferre,
Sith of our langage he was the lode-ferre.-..
That made firft to dyftylleand rayac
The gold dewe dropys of specte and eloquence
Into our tunge thrugh his excellence.

LYDGATE,
The honor of EngliAa tong is dede---
My maysler CHAUCER, floure of eloqueace,
Mirrour of fructuous entendement,
Universel fadir in science---
This londis vertay trefour and riehelle-..-
The firfte fynder of our fayre langage.

OCCLEVE.
Venerabili CHAUCER, principall pocte but pere,
Herinly trumpet, orlege and regulere,
In eloquence balme, condi&t and diall,
Mylky fountane, cleie Strand, and rois riall,
Of fresche endite throw Albiona iland braid. DOUGLAS.

O reverend CHAUCER! role of rethouris all,
As in oure toung flouniimperial
That raise in Brittane evir.quta reidis right
Thou beiris of Makers the triumphs royall,
The fresche enamilt termes celeftiall:
This mater couth haif illuminit full bricht,
Was thou pocht, of our Inglis all the light,
Surmounting every toung terreftriall
As far as Mayi's morrow dois midnight.

DONBAR

VOL.I.

EDINBURG:
AT THE Apollo Press, BY THE MARTINS.

Anno 17820

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OF

GEOFFREY CHAUCER.

VOL. I.

CONTAINING HIS
LIFE, with

ACCOUNT OF HIS WORKS,
PREFACES,

TESTIMONIES OF AUTHORS
INTRODUCTORY DISCOURSES, CONCERNING HIM,

&c. &c. &c.

But natheles certain
I can right now no thrifty Tale fain,
But CHAUCER, (though he can but lewedly
On metres and on riming craftily)
Hath fayd hem in swiche English as he can
of olde time, as knoweth many a man;
And if he have not sayd bem, leve brother,
Ino book, he hath says hem in another----
Who in that wol his large Volume feke. TALES, ver. 4465.

Dan CHAUCER, weli of English undefil'd,
On Fame's eternal bead-roll worthy to be fil'd----
Old Dan Geffrey, in whore gentle spright
The pure well-head of poetry did dweli...-
He whilf he lived was the coveraigne head
Of thepherds all------

SPENSER
Old CHAUCER, like the morning flar,
Totis discovers day from far,
His light those mifts and clouds diffolvid
Which our dark nation'long involv'd;
But he descending to the shades
Darkness again the age in vades.

DENHAM.
CHAUCER, him who firf with harr, ny inform'd
The language of our fathers... His legends blithe
He fang of love or knighthood, or the wiles
Of homely life, thro' each eftate and age
The fashions and the follies of the world
With cunning hand portraying-....
Him who in times.----
Dark and untaught began with charming verse
To tame the rudencés of his native land.

AKENSIDE.

EDINBURG:
AT THE Apollo press, by TUE MARTINS.

Anno 1782.

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