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The Canterbury Tales Quotes

20 of the best book quotes from The Canterbury Tales
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“For May will have no sluggardry at night, Season that pricks in every gentle heart, Awaking it from sleep, and bids it start”
Geoffrey Chaucer
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The Canterbury Tales
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Chaucer the Pilgrim
Emily
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sleeping
night
heart
being awake
starting
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“And well she sang a service, with a fine Intoning through her nose, as was most seemly, And she spoke daintily in French, extremely, After the school of Stratford-atte-Bowe; French in the Paris style she did not know.”
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“The First Great Cause and Mover of all above When first He made that fairest chain of love, Great was the consequence and high the intent.”
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“Your dreary rhyming isn’t worth a turd!:
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“When in April the sweet showers fall And pierce the drought of March to the root, and all The veins are bathed in liquor of such power As brings about the engendering of the flower”
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“He was a true, a perfect gentle-knight.”
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“He did not rate that text at a plucked hen Which says that hunters are not holy men And that a monk uncloistered is a mere Fish out of water, flapping on the pier, That is to say a monk out of his cloister. That was a text he held not worth an oyster”
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“Except experience, mine, for what it’s worth, And that’s enough me”
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“His worthy steed he then bestrode And forth upon his way he glode Like sparkles from a flame. And his crest he bore a tower And stuck thereon a lily-flower, God guard him from all shame!”
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“Ruler of Athens, Lord and Governor, And in his time so great a conqueror There was none mightier beneath the sun. And many a rich country he had won, What with his wisdom and his troops of horse.”
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“People may guess or frame a supposition, But I can say for certain, it’s no lie, God bade us all to wax and multiply. That kindly text I well can understand.”
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“You’re doing nothing else but wasting time. Sir, in a word, you shall no longer rhyme.”
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“He well knew why He did, and what He meant. For in that fairest chain of love He bound Fire and air and water and the ground Of earth in certain limits they may not flee.”
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“He chanced on Emily to cast his eye And, as he did, he blenched and gave a cry”
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“Though there was nowhere one so busy as he, He was less busy than he seemed to be.”
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“A livelihood. I do not preach in vain. THere’s no apostle I would conterfeit; I mean to have money, wool and cheese and wheat”
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“All goes to show that marriage is a misery and a woe”
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“That none may have the impudence to irk Or hinder me in Christ’s most holy work.”
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“About a fair and gentle knight In battle, tournament and fight, Sir Topaz was his name.”
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“God knows that worldly joy is swift to go.”

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