Specimens of the Early English Poets: To which is Prefixed, an Historical Sketch of the Rise and Progress of the English Poetry and Language, with a Biography of Each Poet, &c, Band 1
H. Washbourne, 1845 - 342 Seiten
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Seite 265 - And proffered me bread, with ale, and wine Ribs of beef, both fat and full fine ; A fair cloth they gan for to spread, But, wanting money, I might not be sped. Then unto London I did me hie, Of all the land it beareth the price ; "Hot peascods!" one began to cry, " Strawberry ripe, and cherries in the rise!
Seite 245 - As for the time (though I of mirthis food Might have no more) to look it did me good.
Seite 263 - ... and a good round log under their heads instead of a bolster or pillow. If it were so that our fathers — or the good man of the house had within seven years after his marriage purchased a mattress or flock bed, and thereto a stack of chaff to rest his head upon, he thought himself to be as well lodged as the lord of the town...
Seite 265 - I gan me drawn, Where much people I saw for to stand ; One offered me velvet, silk, and lawn, Another he taketh me by the hand, "Here is Paris thread, the finest in the land!
Seite 138 - ... we shall probably be of opinion, that his majesty was either totally insensible of our author's poetical talents, or at least had no mind to encourage him in the cultivation or exercise of them.
Seite 251 - In her was youth, beauty, with humble port, Bounty, richesse, and womanly feature ; God better knows than my pen can report, Wisdom, largesse ,t estate,! and cunning § sure, In every point so guided her measure, In word, in deed, in shape, in countenance, That nature might no more her child advance.
Seite 272 - It shall be covered with velvet red, And cloths of fine gold all about your head ; With damask white and azure blue Well diapered with lilies new.
Seite 263 - Pillows (said they) were thought meet only for women in childbed. As for servants, if they had any sheet above them, it was well, for seldom had they any under their bodies to keep them from the...
Seite 60 - ... to indicate that little more than the substitution of a few French for the present Saxon words, was now necessary, to produce an exact resemblance with that Anglo-Norman, or English, of which we possess a few specimens, supposed to have been written in the early part of the thirteenth century.