Medieval and Renaissance English Literature. Middle English Literature 1. Natália Pikli, PhD ELTE. Middle Ages cc. 1000-1600: dark or glorious?. England: 1066 - end of 15th c., Middle English Period. Norman Conquest: influence of French and continental culture
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Middle English Literature 1.
Natália Pikli, PhD
The droghte of March hath perced to the roote
And bathed every veyne in swich licour,
Of which vertu engendred is the flour;
Whan Zephirus eek with his swete breeth
Inspired hath in every holt and heeth
The tendre croppes, and the yonge sonne
Hath in the Ram his halfe cours yronne,
And smale foweles maken melodye,
That slepen al the nyght with open eye-
So priketh hem Nature in hir corages-
Thanne longen folk to goon on pilgrimages
And palmeres for to seken straunge strondes
To ferne halwes, kowthe in sondry londes;
And specially, from every shires ende
Of Engelond, to Caunturbury they wende,
The hooly blisful martir for the seke
That hem hath holpen, whan that they were seeke.
(G. Chaucer: The Canterbury Tales, General Prologue ll. 1-18.)
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