The Canterbury Tales, General Prologue, II. 1-14

Read by Jane Zatta
as edited by Larry Benson

The Canterbury Tales Complete
based on The Riverside Chaucer,
Third Edition
Houghton Mifflin, 2000
(text reproduced below with permission)

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Whan that Aprill 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 sweete breeth
Inspired hath in every holt and heeth
The tendre croppes, and the yonge sonne
Hath in the Ram his half cours yronne,
And smale foweles maken melodye,
That slepen al the nyght with open ye
(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;