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IN FOURTEEN VOLUMES,
THE MISCELLANEOUS PIECES
Eroro Uny'i Edition 1711,
THE CANTERBURY TALES
From TyrivbitVi Edition 1775.
Gret* well CHAUCER whan ye mete—-
My maister CHAUCER—chiefepoete of Brctaync
liith of ourlugagehe was thelode-fterre
That made first to dyttylleand ray ac
The gold dewe dropy* <>f Coeche and eloquence
Into rftir tunge thrugh his eicelle»ce. LYDGATE.
The hinour of English long is dede—
VenerabiilCHA UCER,priuei pall poete but pere,
O reverend CHALCEK! r*fcof ret hour is all,
AT THI apOlIO Jg)r?s«(, BY THE MARTINI.
PREFACES, j TESTIMONIES OF AU TH0R5
INTRODUCTORY DISCOURSES, ll CONCERNING HIM,
&c. Vc. 6rV.
But natheles certain
In o book, he hath sayd hem in another
■Who so lhat wnl his large Volume seke. TALES, ver. 446$.
Dan CHAUCER, well of English undefil'd,
The pure well-head of poctrydid dweti
■He whilst he lived was the soveraigne head
•Of shepherds ail SPENSER.
Old CHAUCER.lifcc the mooring star,
To us discovers day fromfar \
ilis light those mifts and clouds diflblv*d
Which our dark nation-longinvolv'd;
»ut he descendingio the shades
Darknessagain theageinvades. DENHAM.
CHAUCER, him who first with harr* ny inform'd
The language of our sal hers—Hislegendsblithe
He fang of love or knighthood, or the wiles
i)f humdy life, thro'each estate and age
The fashions and the follies of the world
With cunning band portraying —
Him who in times
Dark and untaught began with charming verse
To taine the rudeness of his native land. AK.ENSIDE.
AT TMM apOTTO JpresiS, BY THE MARTINS.