New Canterbury Tales

New Canterbury Tales

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New Canterbury Tales

New Canterbury Tales

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Pray do not suppose that Chaucer's were the only pilgrims to woo the Canterbury way with stories, nor that theirs was the only road by which to seek the Head of Thomas. His people may have set the fashion and himself a tantalizing standard of attainment; but that is a poor-hearted chronicler who withholds from a tale because some other has told one well. I have here the diversions of a devout sodality, which followed Chaucer's--and in point of time (remember) at no such long interval. Their journey, however, took longer to perform, their tales (for reasons which I am not bound to divulge, and shall not) were reported in the common speech of us all. At least in the matter of roads -- whether Canterbury or entertainment be the end -- our primum mobile may not engross the market. The main stream of piety was no more his than was London the well-head of England. All pilgrims from the West, and all they who, coming from oversea, touched our land at Southampton, journeyed out from Winchester, at Guilford joined hands, after that climbed the ridge of the North Downs (or climbed it half), and never left it again until the . . .

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