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Ralph Waldo Emerson, comp. (1803–1882).  Parnassus: An Anthology of Poetry.  1880.
By Geoffrey Chaucer (c. 1340–1400)
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THE DESTINY, Minister General,
That executeth in the world o’er all
The purveiance that God hath seen beforne;
So strong it is, that though the world had sworn
The contrary of a thing by Yea or Nay,        5
Yet sometime it shall fallen on a day
That falleth not eft in a thousand year.
For certainly our appetités here,
Be it of war, or peace, or hate, or love,—
All this is rulèd by the sight above.        10
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