jueves, 19 de abril de 2012

the kelmscott chaucer

Frontispiece, from 'The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer now newly Imprinted' (Kelmscott Press, 1896)
Types, ornaments, and initials designed by William Morris
Woodcut illustration designed by Sir Edward Burne-Jones

Whan that Aprille with his shoures soote,
The droghte of March 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 yronne,
And smale foweles maken melodye,
That slepen al the nyght with open eye,
So priketh hem nature in hir corages;
Thanne longen folk to goon on pilgrimages,
And palmeres for to seken straunge strondes,
To ferne halwes, kowthe in sondry londes;
And specially, from every shires ende
Of Engelond, to Caunterbury they wende,
The hooly blisful martir for to seke,
That hem hath holpen whan that they were seeke.

Kelmscott Manor
Woodcut by William Morris for News from Nowhere (Kelmscott Press, 1892)

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