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INSCRIPTIONS: 2. FOR A STATUE OF CHAUCER AT WOODSTOCK, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Such was old chaucer: such the placid
Last Line: To tame the rudeness of his native land.
Subject(s): Chaucer, Geoffrey (1342-1400); Statues


Such was old Chaucer. Such the placid mien
Of him who first with harmony informed
The language of our fathers. Here he dwelt
For many a cheerful day. These ancient walls
Have often heard him, while his legends blithe
He sang; of love, or knighthood, or the wiles
Of homely life: through each estate and age,
The fashions and the follies of the world
With cunning hand portraying. Though perchance
From Blenheim's towers, O stranger, thou art come,
Glowing with Churchill's trophies; yet in vain
Dost thou applaud them, if thy breast be cold
To him, this other hero; who, in times
Dark and untaught, began with charming verse
To tame the rudeness of his native land.






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