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Spenser Chaucer had been in his grave one hundred and fifty years ere England bad secreted ch
re, intelligible English, which was spoken in Chaucer's time, and is spoken in ours; equally unders are after they are wrought.
Spenser, like Chaucer a Londoner, was born in 1553.
Mr. Hales, i e was buried in the neighboring Abbey next to Chaucer, at the cost of the Earl of Essex, poets bear overlooks the whole chasm between himself and Chaucer, as Dante between himself and Virgil.
He called Chaucer master, as Milton was afterwards to call him. And, even while he chose the most artific ut for manner he instinctively turned back to Chaucer, the first and then only great English poet.
g hitherto displayed by no English poet since Chaucer.
Surrey had brought back from Italy a certai g and move to measures harmonious and noble.
Chaucer had done much to vocalize it, as I have tried at wiseacres used to call the riding-rhyme of Chaucer, he fails most lamentably.
He had evidently