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Shal never be hole, til that you list of grace?
And whan this knight hath thus his talé told,
Gret was the prees 16 that swarméd to and fro,
(1) That you list of grace-that you please, as an act of favour. (2) Plattethe flat part.
(3) Thilke—the same. (4) Ther--where. (5) Ye moten you must. (6) Soth-sooth, truth. (7) Glose-deceit. (8) Ladde led. (9) Unarmed—we should now write “disarmed.” (10) Richelichrichly, with much ceremony. (11) Yfette-fetched. (12) Remued--from the French remuer, to stir-removed. (13) Polive-pulley. (14) Con-know. (15) Voiden-remove. (16) Prees--press. (17) Gauren-gaze.
(18) Ther. with-with that, at the same time. (19) Horsly—here applied to a horse, as manly is to a man.
As it a gentle Poileis courser' were;
But evermore hir mosté wonder was,
is evermore in drede ;
Now after mete there goth this noble king
315 men wondred on an hors also,
(1) Poileis courser-a horse of Apulia, in Italy, which in old French was called Poille. The horses of that country were much esteemed. (2) Certes-certainly, surely. (3) Wend-weened, thought. (4) Been-bees. (5) Maden skilles -made or gave reasons. (6) The Grekes, &c.-Sinon the Greek's horse. (7) Moun-for mowen, may. (8) Gestes—from the Latin gestum, an achieve. ment-adventures. (9) Quod-quoth. (10) Trowe-believe. (11) Shapen hem--prepare themselves, make ready. (12) Rowned-whispered. (13) Jogelours-jugglers (see note 7, p. 20). (14) Route--company (sce note 1, p. 132). (15) Ther as-whereas on which occasion. (16) Tho-then.
The vertue of this courser, and the might,
This hors, anon, gan for to trip and daunce,
and that ful sone.
Enfourméd whan the king was of the knight,
(1) His governaunce—the mode of governing him. (2) Trill--twirl, turn round. This word is akin to drill, thrill, (wirl, tirl (see an article on the meaning and origin of the verb to tirl, by Sir G. C. Lewis, in the “ Classical Museum," vol. i. pp. 113–124). (3) Stant- i.e. which stands. (4) Moten nempnemust name. (5) Ther as you list, &c.-Where you wish to stop. (6) Gin -engine. (7) Bore-borne. (8) Clepen-call. (9) Lefe-pleasing, beloved. (10) N'ot-know not. (11) Lete-let, leave. (12) Lust-connected with list and lest-pleasure.
This Cambuscán his lordés festeying,
GOOD COUNSAIL OF CHAUCER.?
(1) Thus concludes what is called the first part of the story. The second describes the rising of Canace at daybreak, to try the effect of her ring. The sunrise is thus simply and freshly painted ;
“ The vapour, which that fro the erthé glode (glided),
Maketh the sonne to semé rody and brode;
Right by hir song, and knew al hir entent.” Her attention is soon attracted to a falcon, whose pitiful lamentation extends over nearly two hundred lines, and is for the most part very prolix and wearisome. Shortly after the piece abruptly closes, being evidently left-if we judge by the plan which the author lays down--even less than “half told." Spenser, in the "Faerie Queene” (book iv. cantos 2 and 3), afterwards attempted to supply the deficiency.
(2) This is said to have been Chaucer's last composition, and written upon his death-bed, “when he was in great anguish." (8) Prease--press, crowd. (4) Sothfastnesse--truth. (5) Suffise unto, &c.-Be satisfied with thy wealth. (6) Tikelnesse-uncertainty. (7) Wele is, &c.-Wealth or riches are blind (blent) or deceitful above all things. (8) Savour_taste, affect. (9) Rede-counsel, (10) It is no drede-there is no fear or doubt. (11) Her that tourneth, &c.--Fortune. (12) Beware—-take care not, like the French gardez-vous de.
(13) Nall -nail. (14) Crocke-earthen pitcher.
Demél thy selfe that demest others dede,2
PRINCIPAL EVENTS OF HIS LIFE.—Edmund Spenser—"The Prince of Poets in his time,"b_was, like Chaucer, a native of London. He was born in East Smithfield, in 1553. He was educated at Cambridge, and early in life became the friend of the accomplished Sir Philip Sidney, and a dependent on the powerful Earl of Leicester, Sidney's uncle. By this nobleman he was, in 1580, sent to Ireland, as secretary to Lord Grey of Wilton, who had been appointed the Lord Deputy of that country. For his services in this capacity, he subsequently obtained of the crown the grant of an estate in Cork, named Kilcolman, with a castle of the same name. During his residence here, his great poem, "The Faerie Queene,” was probably begun, and here he was visited by Sir Walter Raleigh, who, after Sir Philip Sidney’s death, had become Spenser's principal friend and patron, and who is said to have introduced him to Queen Elizabeth. His success as a courtier was doubtful, if we may believe his own experience, thus recorded :
“Full little knowest thou, that hast not tride,
What hell it is, in suing long to bide :
(1) Deme-judge. (2) Others dede-others' deed, that which is done by others. (3) Buxomnesse-obedience (see note 2, p. 125). (4) Weive-waive, forsake. (5) Ghost-spirit.
(6) So styled in the inscription on his tomb.