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Robert Bridges, ed. (1844–1930).  The Spirit of Man: An Anthology.  1916.
From The Frankeleyn’s Tale

Geoffrey Chaucer (c. 1340–1400)
.. AND 1 this was on the sixtë morwe of May,
Which May had peinted with his softë shoures,
This gardin ful of levës and of floures:—
And craft of mannes hand so curiously
Arrayed had this gardin trewely,        5
That never was ther gardin of swich prys
But-if it were the veray Paradys
The odour of flourës and the freshë sight
Wold han maad any hertë for to light
That ever was born, but-if to gret siknesse        10
Or to gret sorwë held it in distresse,
So ful it was of beauty with plesance …
Note 1. Chaucer. From ‘The Frankeleyn’s Tale’, I. 178. The Garden is in Penmarch near Quimper. [back]

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