"Are we prepared to promote conditions in which the living contact with God can be reestablished? For our lives today have become godless to the point of complete vacuity. God is no longer with us in the conscious sense of the word. He is denied, ignored, excluded from every claim to have a part in our daily life." - Alfred Delp, S.J.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

*yer saury erse*

The Sompnour's Tale
This Friar boasteth that he knoweth hell,*
And, God it wot, that is but little wonder,*
Friars and fiends be but little asunder. *
For, pardie, ye have often time heard tell,*
How that a friar ravish'd was to hell *
In spirit ones by a visioun, *
And, as an angel led him up and down,*
To shew him all the paines that there were,*
In all the place saw he not a frere;*
Of other folk he saw enough in woe.*
Unto the angel spake the friar tho;* *then*
'Now, Sir,' quoth he, 'have friars such a grace,*
That none of them shall come into this place?'*
'Yes' quoth the angel; 'many a millioun:'*
And unto Satanas he led him down*.
'And now hath Satanas,' said he, 'a tail*
Broader than of a carrack is the sail.*
Hold up thy tail, thou Satanas,' quoth he,*
'Shew forth thine erse, and let the friar see *
Where is the nest of friars in this place.'*
And *less than half a furlong way of space* *immediately*
Right so as bees swarmen out of a hive,*
Out of the devil's erse there gan to drive*
A twenty thousand friars *on a rout.*
*in a crowd* And throughout hell they swarmed all about,*
And came again, as fast as they may gon,*
And in his erse they creeped every one:*
He clapt his tail again, and lay full still.*

.....................................Canterbury Tales

1 comment:

  1. That Chaucer had such a mouth on him!!! :-o

    (PS I love the St George pic!)


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