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Robert Bridges, ed. (1844–1930).  The Spirit of Man: An Anthology.  1916.
 
From Troilus and Criseyde

Geoffrey Chaucer (c. 1340–1400)
 
.. O YONGE 1 fresshe folkes, he or she,
In which that love upgroweth with your age,
Repayreth hoom from worldly vanitee,
And of your herte up-casteth the visage
To thilke god that after his image        5
Yow made, and thinketh al nis but a fayre
This world, that passeth sone as floures fayre;
And loveth him, the which that right for love
Upon a cros, our soules for to beye,
First starf, and roos, and sit in heven above;        10
For he nil falsen no wight, dar I seye,
That wol his herte al hoolly on him leye.
And sin he best to love is, and most meke,
What nedeth feyned loves for to seke?..
 
Note 1. Chaucer. From ‘Troilus and Criseyde’, V. 1835 seqq. [back]
 
 
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