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About Sunday 12 February 1659/60

David Willis  •  Link

"First line Canterbury tales for comparison: (C 1400)
That it was May thus dremed me..."

Grahamt, thank you for the interesting comparisons. There is a bit of a mix-up though. The Canterbury Tales quote is actually from "The Romance of the Rose" starting at line 51. The quote illustrates your point in the same way but Canterbury Tales begins:

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;

http://www.librarius.com/cantales.htm