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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
Chaucer
By Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807–1882)
 
AN OLD man in a lodge within a park;
The chamber walls depicted all around
With portraitures of huntsman, hawk, and hound,
  And the hurt deer. He listeneth to the lark,
Whose song comes with the sunshine through the dark        5
Of painted glass in leaden lattice bound;
He listeneth and he laugheth at the sound,
  Then writeth in a book like any clerk.
He is the poet of the dawn, who wrote
The ‘Canterbury Tales,’ and his old age        10
  Made beautiful with song; and as I read
I hear the crowing cock, I hear the note
Of lark and linnet, and from every page
  Rise odors of plowed field or flowery mead.
 
 
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