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Section 1 (Fragment I, Group A) Here bygynneth the book of the tales of Caunterbury. 1. 0001 Whan that Aueryll with his shoures soote 1. 0002 The droghte of March hath perced to the roote 1. 0003 And bathed euery veyne in swich lycour 1. 0004 Of which vertu engendred is the flour, 1. 0005 Whan Zephirus eek with his sweete breeth 1. 0006 Inspired hath in euery holt and heeth 1. 0007 The tendre croppes, and the yonge sonne 1. 0008 Hath in the ram his half-cours yronne, 1. 0009 And smale foweles maken melodye 1. 0010 (That slepen al the nyght with open iye) 1. 0011 So priketh hem nature in hir corages, 1. 0012 Thanne longen folk to goon on pilgrymages 1. 0013 And palmeres for to seeken straunge strondes 1. 0014 To ferne halwes kouthe in sondry londes, 1. 0015 And specially from euery shyres ende 1. 0016 Of Engelond to Caunterbury they wende 1. 0017 The holy blisful martir for to seke 1. 0018 That hem hath holpen whan that they weere seeke. 1. . . .
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Section 9 (Fragment VI, Group C) Here bigynneth the phisiciens Tale. f.191v 9. 0001 Ther was, as telleth Titus Liuius, 9. 0002 A knyght that called was Virginius 9. 0003 Fulfild of honour and of worthynesse. 9. 0004 And strong of freendes and of greet richesse. 9. 0005 This knyght a doghter hadde by his wif: 9. 0006 No children hadde he mo in al his lif. 9. 0007 Fair was this mayde in excellent beautee 9. 0008 Abouen euery wight that man may see, 9. 0009 For nature hath with souereyn diligence 9. 0010 Yformed hir in so greet excellence 9. 0011 As thogh she wolde seyn: 'Lo I, nature, 9. 0012 Thus kan I forme and peynte a creature 9. 0013 Whan that me list. Who kan me countrefete? 9. 0014 Pigmalion noght, thogh he ay forge and bete 9. 0015 Or graue or peynte. For I dar wel seyn 9. 0016 Apelles, Zanzis sholde werche in veyn 9. 0017 Outher to graue or peynte or forge or bete 9. 0018 If they presumeden me to cou . . .
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