The Cambridge History of English Literature: The end of the Middle Ages

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Sir Adolphus William Ward, Alfred Rayney Waller
The University Press, 1908

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Page 233 - The general end therefore of all the book is to fashion a gentleman or noble person in virtuous and gentle discipline...
Page 455 - In this Impression you shall find these Additions. 1 His Portraiture and Progenie shewed. 2 His Life collected. 3 Arguments to euery Booke gathered. 4 Old and obscure words explaned. 5 Authors by him cited, declared. 6 Difficulties opened. 7 Two Bookes of his, neuer before Printed.
Page 303 - I tryst sone aftyr to se yow. And now farewell, myn owne fayir lady, and God geve yow good rest, for in feythe I trow ye be in bed. Wretyn in my wey homward on Mary Maudeleyn Day at mydnyght. Your owne, JOHN PASTON. Mastresse Annes, I am prowd that ye can reed Inglyshe ; wherfor I prey yow aqweynt yow with thys my lewd...
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Page 247 - Off sik musik to wryte I do hot dote, Tharfor at this mater a stra I lay, For in my lyf I coud nevir syng a note. In The Testament of Cresseid, he essays the bold part of a continuator. Having turned, for fireside companionship on a cold night, to the "quair" Writtin be worthie Chaucer glorious Of fair Cresseid and lustie Troylus, he meditates on Cresseid's fate, and takes up another "quair" to " break his sleep," God wait, gif all that Chauceir wrait was trew.
Page 173 - A list of show passages would be out of place here ; it is enough to say that...
Page 371 - Glasgow, the seat of an archbishop, and of a university poorly endowed, and not rich in scholars. This notwithstanding, the church possesses prebends many and fat; but in Scotland such revenues are enjoyed in absentia just as they would be in praesentia, - a custom which I hold to be destitute at once of justice and common sense.
Page 171 - THE lyf so short, the craft so long to lerne, Th 'assay so hard, so sharp the conquering, The...

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