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THE LIVES AND WRITINGS
GOWER AND CHAUCER.
COLLECTED FROM AUTHENTICK DOCUMENTS
THE REV. HENRY J. TODD, M. A. F. S. A.
- Gower, that first garnished our English rude;
Skelton's Crowne of Laurell.
O pensyfe harte,
Hawes's Pastime of Pleasure.
AND DAVIES, AND R. H. 'EVANS.
TO THE MOST NOBLE
GEORGE GRANVILLE LEVESON GOVER,
MARQUIS OF STAFFORD, K. G. &c. &c.
The dedication of a Work, which consists chiefly of materials interesting to curiosity and subservient to useful criticism, will not, it is hoped, be thought obtrusive. What respects the reformers of our language, and the fathers of our poetry, may be inscribed, I trust, with absolute propriety, to him who is the friend of Literature and the head of the illustrious House of Gower. To these motives of thus addressing your Lordship, must be added the wish of gratitude to acknowledge benefits received. From your Lordship’s Manuscripts many of these materials, by your permission, have been copied. While I have this opportunity to own publickly so important an obli