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Ralph Waldo Emerson, comp. (1803–1882).  Parnassus: An Anthology of Poetry.  1880.
By Geoffrey Chaucer (c. 1340–1400)
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OR if the soul of proper kind,
Be so perfect as men find,
That it wot what is to come,
And that he warneth all and some
Of every of their aventures,        5
By avisions, or by figures,
But that our flesh hath no might
To understandé it aright,
For it is warnèd too derkely,
But why the cause is, not wot I.        10

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