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WORDSWORTH. “Surprised by joy”

Written at sunrise on Westminster Bridge
KEBLE. Third Sunday in Lent

Monday before Easter
Wednesday before Easter
Second Sunday after Easter
Monday in Whitsunweek
Eleventh Sunday after Trinity
Saint Matthew's Day
All Saints Day

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RUGBY HYMN Book. Confirmation

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Faith

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ENGLISH POETRY.

ECCLESIASTICAL CHARACTERS OF ENGLAND,

IN THE FOURTEENTH CENTURY.

THER was also a Nonne, a Prioresse,
That of hire smiling was full simple and coy;
Hire gretest othe n'as but by Seint Eloy;
And she was cleped! Madame Eglantine.
Ful wel she sange the service devine,
Entuned in hire nose ful swetely;
And Frenche she spake ful fayre and fetisly,
After the schole of Stratford attè Bowe,
For Frenche of Paris was to hire unknowe.
At metè was she wel ytaughte withalle;
She lette no morsel from her lippès fall,
Ne wette hire fingres in hire saucè depe.
Wel coude she carie a morsel, and wel kepe,
Thattè no drope ne fell upon hire brest.
In curtesie was sette ful moche hire lest.3
Hire over lippè wiped she so clene,
That in hire cuppe was no ferthing 4 sene
Of gresè, when she dronken hadde hire draught.
Ful semely after her mete she raught."

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And sikerly she was of grete disport,
And ful plèsant, and amiable of port,
And peined' hire to contrefeten? chere
Of court, and ben estatelich of manère,
And to ben holden dignes of reverence.

But for to speken of hire conscience,
She was so charitable and so piteous,
She wolde

wepe

if that she saw a mous Caughte in a trappe, if it were ded or bledde. Of smalè houndès hadde she, that she fedde With rosted flesh, and milk, and wastel brede. But sore wept she if on of hem were dede, Or if men smote it with a yerde 4 smert,” And all was conscience and tendre herte.

Ful semely hire wimple ypinched was ; Hire nose tretis ; 6 hire eyen grey as glass; Hire mouth ful smale, and therto soft and red ; But sikerly she hadde a fayre forehéd. It was almost a spannè brode I trowe; For hardily she was not undergrowe.?

Ful fetise 8 was hire cloke, as I was ware. Of smale corall about hire arm she bare A pair of bedès, gauded all with grene; And thereon heng a broche of gold ful shene, On whiche was first ywritten a crouned A, And after, Amor vincit omnia. Another Nonne also with hire hadde she, That was hire chapelleine, and Preestès thre.

A Monk ther was, a fayre for the maistrie, An outrider, that loved venerie:9 A manly man, to ben an abbot able. Ful many a deinté hors hadde he in stable: And whan he rode, men might his bridel here Gingèling in a whistling wind as clere,

i Took pains.
6 Straight.

2 To imitate.
7 Of low stature.

3 Worthy.

4 Stick. 8 Neat.

5 Smartly, adv. 9 Hunting

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