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London authors that
Whitehall

1914

THE LIVES AND WRITINGS

or

GOWER AND CHAUCER.

COLLECTED FROM AUTHENTICK DOCUMENTS

BY

THE REV. HENRY J. TODD, M. A. F. S. A.

- Gower, that first garnished our English rude;
And maister Chaucer, that nobly enterprised
How that Englishe myght freshely be ennewed.

Skelton's Crowne of Laurell.

O pensyfe harte,
Remember thee of the trace and dannce
Of poetes olde, with all thy purueyaunce :
As moral Gower, whose sentencious dewe
Adowne reflareth, with fayre golden beames :
And after, Chaucer's all abroade doth shewe, &c.

Hawes's Pastime of Pleasure.

LONDON:
PRINTED FOR F. C. AND J. RIVINGTON, T. PAYNE, CADELL

AND DAVIES, AND R. H. 'EVANS.

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TO THE MOST NOBLE

GEORGE GRANVILLE LEVESON GOVER,

MARQUIS OF STAFFORD, K. G. &c. &c.

My Lord,

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

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