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That seith that hunters been noon holy men;
1 Reckless. 2 The like, that. 8 Why. Mad. 5 Pore. 6 Work, toil. 7 Bids. 8 Hard rider. 9 Bird.
Spurring, riding (fast). 11 Pleasure. 12 Refrain, abstain. 13 Saw. 14 Trimmed, fringed.
15 At the.
17 Bright. 18 Shone. 19 Furnace. 20 Cauldron. 21 Supple, pliant. 22 Wasted away (with pine, torment). 23 Ghost.
NOTES. 165. A fair, a fair (monk): good, reign, excellent above all others.
excellent-in mind as well as in (Tyrwhitt.)'. (Morris.) person. For the maistrie is the 167. To ben &c., able to be an abbot. French pour la maistrie, which in 173. St Maur, disciple of St Benet. old medical books is applied to such St Benet, or Benedict (about 480medicines as we usually call sove- 543 A.D.), was born in Umbria, and 4 Ne
went to Rome to study. At fifteen, he goes abroad and leaves the cares however, being disgusted with the of the cloister behind him for a little vices he saw there, he retired to the (181). solitude of a mountain cavern. In 185. Upon a book ... powre. The 529 he became Abbot of Monte Benedictines
enjoined to Cassino, in the kingdom of Naples, spend two hours every day in and founded several other religious pious reading. houses. He inculcated absolute 186. Swynke, &c. St Benet also de. obedience as the basis of a very voted seven hours a day to manual rigid (somdel streyt) system of labour. living. In the oth century, Dun- 187. St Austin, or Augustine. See stan did much for the progress of Ormin, 1o, note.
the Benedictine order in England. 192. For no cost &c. : cost what the 178. Hunters, &c. St Benet forbade sport might, he would not abstain. the use of animal food.
200. In good point, or condition. Fr. 179 Reccheles, reckless, careless; when embonpoint: stout, corpulent.
EMILY ON A MAY MORNING.
(From The Knights Tale.)
1 Once. 2 Morrow, morning. 3 Strove (vied) her hue (complexion).
5 Them. 6 Wont, custom. 7 Dressed. wot, know not.
8 Will have .(brook) 9 Shew thy respect. 10 To relate, describe, tell.
11 Her yellow hair was braided in a tress (plait). 12 The sun's uprising. 13 As her (it) pleases.
Sche gadereth flourës, party? whyte and reede,
1 Partly. % Subtle, lit. finely woven.
NOTES. 179. Freaucher than the May. Cf. the “Slugird,” scho said, “awalk description of the Squire, Prol. 92
187. And seith, &c. Cf. again Dunbar, 184. May wole han &c. Cf. Dunbar, The Thrissil and the Rois, 36-7: The Thrissil (Thistle) and the Rois
. With (Rose), lines 15 and 22:
that, this Lady (May)
sobirly did smyle, ‘Me thocht fresche May befoir my And said “Upryse, and do thy bed up stude.
THE COCK, CHANTICLEER.
(From The Nun's Priest's Tale.)
were his leggës, and his ton ;? His naylës whitter than the lily flour,
And lik the burnischt gold was his colour. 1 A poor widow. 2 Called. 3 For. 4 Ne was, was not. 5 Equal. 6 Pleasant.
7 Organs. 8 Surer, more to be relied on. Lodge. 10 An abbey horologe (clock). 11 (So well) that. 12 Battled, embattled. 13 Bill, neb. 15 Azure. 16 Toes.
NOTES. 29. Chaantecleere, Chanticleer, the bird Lat. cantare (to sing), and Fr. cler, that chants (sings) with loud and clair, Lat. clarus, Eng.
*clear.' clear notes. As if from Fr. chanter, Perhaps really a corruption of Lat.
14 Jet. 1 Did. 2Willed, would (do). 3To espye (or aspye), to spy. Voice. 5 Feeling. Gentleness. 7 Been.
canticularius (singer). Cf. Shak, the sun). Lat, ascendo (mount up), Hamlet, I. i. 150–2:
from ad (to), and scando (climb). 'The cock, that is the trumpet to 36. Of, from, or above. — -Equinoxial,
equinoctial (circle), the apparent Doth with his lofty and shrill
path of the sun round the earth sounding throat
when day and night are equal. Lat. Awake the god of day."
æquus (equal), and noct- (night).
40. Batayld refers to the notched, 34. Orologge, horologe, time-teller, indented, or tooth-like edge, as in
clock. Gr. hora (time) and logos battlements. (saying, from lego, say, tell).
42. Ton, or toon (486), toes. The old 35. Ascensioun, ascension, going up (of plur. in en. In 510 we find 'toos.'
THE COCK AND THE FOX.
(From The Nun's Priest's Tale.)
THE FOX FLATTERS THE COCK, DISASTROUSLY.
I herdë nevere man so synge
8 Pleasure, entertainment. 9 Enjoy. 10 Morning. 11 From (his) heart.
He wolde so peyne 1 him, that with bothe his eyen
LAMENTATION IN THE HEN-YARD.
Certes such cry ne lamentacioun
HUE AND CRY: A FOX-HUNT.
This sely 18 wydwe, 19 and eek hire doughtres tuo,
555 And out at dorës starten thay anoon,
21 the fox toward the grovë goon,
560 And eek with stavës many another man ; 1 Pain. 2 Tip-toes. 3 Counterfeit, sing like (as if it were) your father. Could. 6 Nonce, (one) occasion. 6 Dan, Lord, Maister. 7 Started. 8 At once. 'Gorge, throat. 10 Seized. 11 Pursued. 12 Mayst. 13 Flew. 14 Recked, cared. 15 Drawn. 16 Inclosure, yard. 17 Seen. 18 Simple. 19 Widow. 20 Anon. 21 Saw.