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Robert Bridges, ed. (1844–1930).  The Spirit of Man: An Anthology.  1916.
From Prologue to The Canterbury Tales

Geoffrey Chaucer (c. 1340–1400)
  WHAN 1 that April with his shourës sote
The droghte of Marche hath percèd to the rote,
And bathèd every veyne in swich licour,
Of which vertu engendred is the flour;
Whan Zephirus eek with his sweetë breeth        5
Inspirèd hath in every holt and heeth
The tendre croppës, and the yongë sonne
Hath in the Ram his halfë cours y-ronne,
And smalë fowlës maken melodyë
That slepen al the night with open yë,        10
(So priketh hem Nature in hir corages)
Than longen folk to goon on pilgrimages …
Note 1. Chaucer. The opening lines of the Prologue to ‘The Canterbury Tales’. I should read the first line as one that lacks its initial unaccented syllable, rather than admit the hybrid word Aprillë. [back]

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