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Troilus and Criseyde

Troilus and Criseyde is an epic poem by Geoffrey Chaucer which re-tells in Middle English the tragic story of the lovers Troilus and Criseyde set against a backdrop of war during the Siege of Troy. It was composed using rime royale and probably completed during the mid-1380s. Many Chaucer scholars regard it as the poet's finest work. As a finished long poem it is more self-contained than the better known but ultimately unfinished The Canterbury Tales. This poem is often considered the source of the phrase: "all good things must come to an end" .


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„Eek for to winne love in sondry ages,
In sondry londes, sondry ben usages.“

—  Geoffrey Chaucer, book Troilus and Criseyde

Troilus and Criseyde (1380s)
Context: Ye knowe eek, that in forme of speche is chaunge
Withinne a thousand yeer, and wordes tho
That hadden prys, now wonder nyce and straunge
Us thinketh hem; and yet they spake hem so,
And spedde as wel in love as men now do;
Eek for to winne love in sondry ages,
In sondry londes, sondry ben usages.

Book 2, line 22-28

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„Ye knowe eek, that in forme of speche is chaunge
Withinne a thousand yeer, and wordes tho
That hadden prys, now wonder nyce and straunge
Us thinketh hem“

—  Geoffrey Chaucer, book Troilus and Criseyde

Book 2, line 22-28
Troilus and Criseyde (1380s)
Context: Ye knowe eek, that in forme of speche is chaunge
Withinne a thousand yeer, and wordes tho
That hadden prys, now wonder nyce and straunge
Us thinketh hem; and yet they spake hem so,
And spedde as wel in love as men now do;
Eek for to winne love in sondry ages,
In sondry londes, sondry ben usages.

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„And of your herte up-casteth the visage
To thilke God that after his image
Yow made, and thynketh al nis but a faire
This world, that passeth sone as floures faire.“

—  Geoffrey Chaucer, book Troilus and Criseyde

Book 5, line 1835-1841
Troilus and Criseyde (1380s)
Context: O yonge fresshe folkes, he or she,
In which that love up-groweth with your age,
Repeyreth hoom fro worldly vanitee,
And of your herte up-casteth the visage
To thilke God that after his image
Yow made, and thynketh al nis but a faire
This world, that passeth sone as floures faire.

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„For tyme y-lost may not recovered be.“

—  Geoffrey Chaucer, book Troilus and Criseyde

Book 4, line 1283
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„Oon ere it herde, at tothir out it wente“

—  Geoffrey Chaucer, book Troilus and Criseyde

One ear heard it, at the other out it went
Book 4, line 434
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„Of harmes two the lesse is for to cheese.“

—  Geoffrey Chaucer, book Troilus and Criseyde

Book ii, line 470
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„Eke wonder last but nine deies never in toun.“

—  Geoffrey Chaucer, book Troilus and Criseyde

Book 4, line 525
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„It is nought good a slepyng hound to wake.“

—  Geoffrey Chaucer, book Troilus and Criseyde

Book 3, line 764
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„Go, little booke! go, my little tragedie!“

—  Geoffrey Chaucer, book Troilus and Criseyde

Book 5, line 1798
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„I am right sorry for your heavinesse.“

—  Geoffrey Chaucer, book Troilus and Criseyde

Book 5, line 146
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„Or as an ook comth of a litel spir,
So thorugh this lettre, which that she hym sente,
Encressen gan desir, of which he brente.“

—  Geoffrey Chaucer, book Troilus and Criseyde

Book 2, line 1335-37
The earliest known near-usage in English of the proverb "Great oaks from little acorns grow."
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