Troilus and Criseyde

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Published: 1385
Language: English
Wordcount: 67,367 / 264 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 60.6
LoC Category: PR
Downloads: 2,002
Added to site: 2010.07.21
mnybks.net#: 28490
Origin: gutenberg.org
More Info: en.wikipedia.org
Genres: Poetry, Romance, Classic

A re-telling, in Middle English, of the tragic story of the lovers Troilus and Criseyde, set against a backdrop of war in the Siege of Troy.

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`O mercy, god!' thoughte he, `wher hastow woned,
That art so fair and goodly to devyse?'
Ther-with his herte gan to sprede and ryse,
And softe sighed, lest men mighte him here,
And caughte a-yein his firste pleyinge chere.         280

She nas nat with the leste of hir stature,
But alle hir limes so wel answeringe
Weren to womanhode, that creature
Was neuer lasse mannish in seminge.
And eek the pure wyse of here meninge                 285
Shewede wel, that men might in hir gesse
Honour, estat, and wommanly noblesse.

To Troilus right wonder wel with-alle
Gan for to lyke hir meninge and hir chere,
Which somdel deynous was, for she leet falle          290
Hir look a lite a-side, in swich manere,
Ascaunces, `What! 

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