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TO THE FRIENDLIEST OF POETS, by            
First Line: Chaucer, kind heart, who with the score and ten
Last Line: Your frank and winsome rhyme!
Subject(s): Chaucer, Geoffrey (1342-1400); Honor; Poetry & Poets; Wisdom


CHAUCER, kind heart, who with the score and ten
Laughed your long way through Kent's a-greening fields,
So mild, my gentleman! yet your arch pen
Its ancient freshness yields;

Life was to you no dreary heaviness,
No, nor a fretting puzzle for the mind;
You saw the best and worst, and both would bless,
For both were of mankind.

The "smale fowles" lusty would be singing,
The summoner his "stif burdoun" would bear,
But in your poet-soul the music ringing
Was sure the sweetest there.

Maister of words, and lover of the human,
Refresh us ever with your vernal prime;
A tonic draught for us, or man or woman—
Your frank and winsome rhyme!





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