English poetry

Poems in English

The Miller’s Tale

THE PROLOGUE. When that the Knight had thus his tale told In all the rout was neither young nor old, […]

The General Prologue

WHEN that Aprilis, with his showers swoot*, *sweet The drought of March hath pierced to the root, And bathed every […]

The Sompnour’s Tale

THE PROLOGUE. The Sompnour in his stirrups high he stood, Upon this Friar his hearte was so wood,* *furious That […]

The Friar’s Tale

THE PROLOGUE. This worthy limitour, this noble Frere, He made always a manner louring cheer* *countenance Upon the Sompnour; but […]

Troilus And Criseyde: Book 02

Incipit Prohemium Secundi Libri. Out of these blake wawes for to sayle, O wind, O wind, the weder ginneth clere; […]

Troilus And Criseyde: Book 03

Incipit prohemium tercii libri. O blisful light of whiche the bemes clere Adorneth al the thridde hevene faire! O sonnes […]

The Man of Law’s Tale

THE PROLOGUE. Our Hoste saw well that the brighte sun Th’ arc of his artificial day had run The fourthe […]