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WORD-PORTRAITS: THE DESCRIPTION OF SIR GEOFFREY CHAUCER, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: His stature was not very tall
Last Line: Thus did this ancient poet look.
Subject(s): Chaucer, Geoffrey (1342-1400); Poetry & Poets


HIS stature was not very tall;
Lean he was; his legs were small,
Hos'd within a stock of red;
A button'd bonnet on his head,
From under which did hang, I ween,
Silver hairs both bright and sheen;
His beard was white, trimmèd round;
His countenance blithe and merry found;
A sleeveless jacket, large and wide,
With many plaits and skirts side,
Of water-camlet did he wear;
A whittle by his belt he bear;
His shoes were cornèd, broad before;
His ink-horn at his side he wore,
And in his hand he bore a book:—
Thus did this ancient poet look.





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