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Confessio Amantis - John Gower

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CONFESSIO AMANTIS

or

TALES OF THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS

By John Gower, 1330-1408 A.D.


Prologus


Torpor, ebes sensus, scola parua labor minimusque
     Causant quo minimus ipse minora canam:
Qua tamen Engisti lingua canit Insula Bruti
     Anglica Carmente metra iuuante loquar.
Ossibus ergo carens que conterit ossa loquelis
     Absit, et interpres stet procul oro malus.


Of hem that writen ous tofore
The bokes duelle, and we therfore
Ben tawht of that was write tho:
Forthi good is that we also
In oure tyme among ous hiere
Do wryte of newe som matiere,
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