Monday, March 13, 2006

Cambridge Bound

King's College
King's College

Prologue to the Canterbury Tales:
Whan that Aprille with his shoures sote
The droughte of Marche hath perced to the rote,
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 y-ronne,
And smale foweles maken melodye,
That slepen al the night with open ye,
(So priketh hem nature in hir corages):
Thanne longen folk to goon on pilgrimages
(And palmeres for to seken straunge strondes)
To ferne halwes, couthe in sondry londes;
And specially, from every shires ende
Of Angle-Lond, to Canterbury they wende,
The holy blisful martir for to seke,
That hem hath holpen, whan that they were seeke.

Magdalene College
Magdalene College

1 comment:

Mom said...

Amy, Mrs. Barber's heart would melt within her. 28 years ago, she stood before us on the first day of college English Lit, and wowed us with her resitation of the Prologue in the olde English. And to think, her student's daughter came to fully appreciate it as well! Mom