March 25, 2010

Whan that Aprille ....

Whan that Aprille with his shoures soote
The droghte of Marche hath perced to the roote,
And bathed every veyne in swich licour,
Of which vertu engendred is the flour;
Whan Zephirus eek with his swete breeth
Inspired hath in every holt and heeth
The tendre croppes, and the yonge sonne
Hath in the Ram his halfe cours y-ronne,
And smale fowles maken melodye,
That slepen al the night with open ye,
(So priketh hem nature in hir corages:
Than longen folk to goon on pilgrimages...

- from The Canterbury Tales...
and check out this lively bit!


mollygolver said...

The spring weather here is playing a game of 'cat and mouse' at the moment. We had one gorgeous day of sun and now its windy overcast and raining. But the buds are filling up and the grass is starting to green over again!!

Nan said...

That really is so beautiful! Thank you for posting it!

alison said...

Hi Susan,

I thought of you when I came across this book on amazon - it's by a friend of Susan Branch - have you seen it?

Survival Guide for Landlocked Mermaids by Margot Datz

Susan said...

Alison - that is a great title! i will have to look that book up (I am so fond of Susan Branch, too). Thanks, Nan. I was a medieval lit minor back in the day...Molly - just back from vacation and summer weather in Florida and it is 47 degrees in NY - harsh!