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  • The History and Future of the Book
    won Levedy all for thine sake Longinge is ilent me on In world nis noon so witer mon That al hire bounte telle con Hire swire is whittore then the swon And feirest may in toune An hendy hap etc Ich am for wowing al forwake Wery so water in wore Lest eny reve me my make Ich habbe iyerned yore Betere is tholien while sore Then mournen evermore Geynest under gore Herken to my roun An hendy hap etc Between March and April When the leaves begin to open The little bird takes its pleasure In singing in its own language I live in love longing For the most beautiful of all creatures She is able to bring me joy I am in her power I have been given a piece of good fortune I know it has been sent to me from heaven My love has been withdrawn from all women And settled on Alysoun Her hair is fair enough in colour Her eyebrows dark her eyes black She smiled at me charmingly With a slim and well shaped waist Unless she is willing to accept me To be her own partner I will give up living for

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  • The History and Future of the Book
    a gentil cok Comen he is of kinde His comb is of red corel His tail is of inde He is of good lineage indigo His legges ben of asor So gentil and so smale His spores arn of silver white Into the worte wale azure spurs root of cock s spur His eynen arn of cristal Loken all in aumber And every night he percheth him In min ladyes

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  • The History and Future of the Book
    wryten newe Under thy long lokkes thou most have the scalle But after my makyng thow wryte more trewe So ofte adaye I mot thy werk renewe It to correcte and eke to rubbe and scrape And al is thorugh thy negligence and rape Scribe Adam if ever it falls to you To write again Boece or Troilus May you have the scab under your long locks Unless you write

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  • Medieval Knights
    illuminated manuscripts from the Mazarine and the Sainte Geneviève libraries in Paris Below Alexander chief of war in an illuminated initial E of Book 1 of Maccabees in the Bible Mazarine Library ms 0013 dating about 1270 1280 Below Army of Nebuchadnezzar riding toward Jerusalem in an illuminated initial A in the Book of Daniel in the Bible Mazarine Library ms 0013 dating about 1270 1280 Below Siege of Troy

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  • The History and Future of the Book
    fore that he by labour embellished ornated and made fair our English in this realm was had rude speech and incongruous as yet it appeareth by old books which at this day ought not to have place ne be compared among ne to his beauteous volumes and ornate writings of whom he made many books and treatises of many a noble history as well in metre as in rhyme and prose and them so craftily made that he comprehended his matters in short quick and high sentences eschewing prolixity casting away the chaff of superfluity and shewing the picked grain of sentence uttered by crafty and sugared eloquence of whom among all others of his books I purpose to print by the grace of God the book of the tales of Canterbury in which I find many a noble history of every state and degree first rehearsing the conditions and the array of each of them as properly as possible is to be said and after their tales which be of nobleness wisdom gentleness mirth and also of very holiness and virtue wherein he finisheth this said book which book I have diligently overseen and duly examined to that end it be made according unto his own making For I find many of the said books which writers have abridged it and many things left out and in some place have set certain verses that he never made ne set in his book of which books so incorrect was one brought to me 6 years past which I supposed had been very true and correct and according to the same I did so imprint a certain number of them which anon were sold to many and divers gentlemen of whom one gentleman came to me and said that this book

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  • The History and Future of the Book
    met So God and man became one person Thus nature s circle as a ring doth run Christ is the pale within whose circulet The seal of the divinity is knit Which seal doth stand the Godhead s ring upon So stand two rings upon one diamond The knot of both and either where are met Finite and infinite more and one Alpha and Omega in that fair tablet Wherein

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  • The History and Future of the Book
    with that happy busk which I envye That still can bee and still can stand so nigh Your gowne goeing off such bewteous state reveales As when from flowry meads th hill s shadowe steals Off with your wirie coronett and showe The hairye diadems which on you doe growe Off with your hose and shooes then safely tread In this Love s hallow d temple this soft bedd In such white robes heaven s angels use to bee Perceiv d by men thou angell bring st with thee A heaven like Mahomet s paradice and though Ill spirits walke in whyte we easily know By this these angels from an evill sprite Those sett our hayre but these our flesh upright License my roaving hands and let them goe Behynd before betweene above belowe Oh my America my Newfoundland My kingdom safest when with one man man d My myne of precious stones my emperie How blest am I in thus discoveringe thee To enter in those bonds is to be free That where my hand is sett my seale shalbee Full nakednes all joyes are due to thee As sowles unbodyed bodyes uncloth d must bee To tast whole joyes Gems which you women use Are as Atlanta s balls cast in men s viewes That when a foole s eye lighteth on a gemm His earthly sowle might covet those not them Like pictures or like books gay coverings made For lay men are all women thus arraide Themselves are only mistique books which wee Whome their imputed grace will dignifie Must see revail d Then since that I may know As liberally as to a midwife showe Thyselfe cast all yea ye white lynen hence There is no penance due to inocence To teach thee I

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