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CHAUCER, by            
First Line: A stately lady's fair-haired little page
Last Line: That blooms in sunshine after april rain.
Subject(s): Chaucer, Geoffrey (1342-1400); Wellesley College

A STATELY lady's fair-haired little page;
A "yong squyer" who rideth with a king;
A poet taught of love and grief to sing
In sad strain and in sweet; whose heritage
Groweth the richer with increasing age,
Till gladness, born of many dawns in spring,
Fills all his soul, and merry notes outring
Along the road he fares on pilgrimage.
O blithest spirit of our English song!
Down the far centuries floats thy happy lay,
Untinged with cruel strife and restless pain:
Like a bird's carol, fresh and free and strong,
It lifts its praise for life, and love, and May
That blooms in sunshine after April rain.

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