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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. III. The Eighteenth Century: Addison to Blake
 
The Accounte of W. Canynge’s Feast
By Thomas Chatterton (1752–1770)
 
BY WILLIAM CANYNGE. 1

THOROWE the halle the bell han sounde;
  Byelecoyle 2 doe the Grave beseeme; 3
The ealdermenne doe sytte arounde,
  Ande snoffelle 4 oppe the cheorte 5 steeme.
Lyche asses wylde ynne desarte waste        5
Swotelye the morneynge ayre doe taste.
 
Syke keene theie ate; the minstrels plaie,
  The dynne of angelles doe they keepe:
Heie stylle the guestes ha ne to saie,
  Butte nodde yer thankes ande falle aslape.        10
Thus echone daie bee I to deene,
Gyf Rowley, Iscamm, or Tyb. Gorges 6 be ne seene.
 
Note 1. The above piece is given in Chatterton’s original spelling, as a sample. [back]
Note 2. ‘Fair welcome.—Chatterton. (Bel-acceuil.—Tyrwhitt.) [back]
Note 3. Becomes.—Chatterton. [back]
Note 4. Snuff up.—Chatterton. [back]
Note 5. Cheerful.—Chatterton. [back]
Note 6. The names of Canynge’s favourite poets and friends, as developed in Chatterton’s Rowleian system. [back]
 
 
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