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POEMS COMMONLY ATTRIBUTED TO CHAUCER. THE ROMAUNT OF THE ROSE. It
has already been said (p. 7) that Chaucer translated the Romaunl,
and that a version has been current under his name for centuries.
There is only one MS. of this translation, in the Hunterian Museum
at Glasgow, so that we have no means of comparing texts, and thus
settling the difficult questions that have been raised about it. As
it stands, the poem contains various features which, in the opinion
of the most advanced school of Chaucerian criticism, mark it out as
being not Chaucer's; the principal difficulty being connected with
the rhymes, some of which seem to be irreconcileable with Chaucer's
principles of pronunciation. The question cannot be properly
discussed here, but in deference to what seems to be the balance of
opinion we quote the Romaunt under the head of ' Poems attributed
to Chaucer.' The passage given is remarkable as the original of the
' May morning' passages which abound in Chaucer and his successors.
Whether by Chaucer or not, it is a vigorous and exact rendering of
the French. That it was May me thoughte tho1, It is .v. yere or
more ago; That it was May, thus dremed me, In tyme of love and
jolitd, That al thing gynncth waxen gay, For ther is neither busk
nor hay2 In May, that it nyl shrouded been, And it with newe leves
wreen . These wode's eek recovcren grene, That drie in wynter ben
to sene; And the erth wexith proud withallc, For swote' dewes that
on it falle; And the pore estat forget, In which that wynter had it
set. 1 then. ' hedge. cover. And than bycometh the ground so proud,
That it wole have a newe shroud, And makith so queynt h1s robe and
faire, That it had hewes an hundred payre, Of gras and flouris,
ynde and pers', And many h...
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