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Geoffrey Chaucer (1342 - 1400):
Troilus and Criseyde
Book III, lines 1744-1771: Canticus Troili: Troilus sings about love


          Canticus Troili.

`Love, that of erthe and see hath governaunce,
1745Love, that his hestes hath in hevene hye,
Love, that with an holsom alliaunce
Halt peples joyned, as him list hem gye,
Love, that knetteth lawe of companye,
And couples doth in vertu for to dwelle,
1750Bind this acord, that I have told and telle;

`That that the world with feyth, which that is stable,
Dyverseth so his stoundes concordinge,
That elements that been so discordable
Holden a bond perpetuely duringe,
1755That Phebus mote his rosy day forth bringe,
And that the mone hath lordship over the nightes,
Al this doth Love; ay heried be his mightes!

`That, that the see, that gredy is to flowen,
Constreyneth to a certeyn ende so
1760His flodes, that so fersly they ne growen
To drenchen erthe and al for ever mo;
And if that Love ought lete his brydel go,
Al that now loveth asonder sholde lepe,
And lost were al, that Love halt now to-hepe.

1765`So wolde God, that auctor is of kinde,
That, with his bond, Love of his vertu liste
To cerclen hertes alle, and faste binde,
That from his bond no wight the wey out wiste.
And hertes colde, hem wolde I that he twiste
1770To make hem love, and that hem leste ay rewe
On hertes sore, and kepe hem that ben trewe.'





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