="http://www.w3.org/2000/svg" viewBox="0 0 512 512">

136. Troilus and Creseide.

255

It is evident from the first stanza of this poem (just quoted) when the narrator says, “er that I part froy,” that Chaucer intended it for one of his Canterbury Tales, and this seems to be confirmed by the 65th stanza of the first book.

For aie the nere the fire the hotter is,
This (trow I) knoweth all this companie

256I do not know whether this has been observed before, A compleat and faithful edition of the works of this great father of English poetry, with an accurate verbal index, as well as glossary, is much to be desired.