Geoffrey Chaucer

(c. 1343 – 25 October 1400 / London, England)

Balade - Poem by Geoffrey Chaucer

HYD, Absolon, thy gilte tresses clere;
Ester, ley thou thy meknesse al a-doun;
Hyd, Jonathas, al thy frendly manere;
Penalopee, and Marcia Catoun,
Mak of your wyfhod no comparisoun;
Hyde ye your beautes, Isoude and Eleyne;
My lady cometh, that al this may disteyne.

Thy faire body, lat hit nat appere,
Lavyne; and thou, Lucresse of Rome toun,
And Polixene, that boghten love so dere,
And Cleopatre, with al thy passioun,
Hyde ye your trouthe of love and your renoun;
And thou, Tisbe, that hast of love swich peyne;
My lady cometh, that al this may disteyne.

Herro, Dido, Laudomia, alle y-fere,
And Phyllis, hanging for thy Demophoun,
And Canace, espyed by thy chere,
Ysiphile, betraysed with Jasoun,
Maketh of your trouthe neyther boost ne soun;
Nor Ypermistre or Adriane, ye tweyne;
My lady cometh, that al this may distevne.


Comments about Balade by Geoffrey Chaucer

  • Subhas Chandra Chakra (10/1/2017 3:13:00 PM)


    A beautiful poem ever written, thanks for getting us to read. (Report) Reply

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  • Edward Kofi Louis (10/1/2017 9:25:00 AM)


    My lady cometh! Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

  • Kumarmani Mahakul (10/1/2017 7:01:00 AM)


    Herro, Dido, Laudomia, alle y-fere,
    And Phyllis, hanging for thy Demophoun,
    And Canace, espyed by thy chere,
    Ysiphile, betraysed with Jasoun,
    Maketh of your trouthe neyther boost ne soun;
    Nor Ypermistre or Adriane, ye tweyne;
    My lady cometh, that al this may distevne.Love these lines. Beautiful poem. Thanks and congratularion ti his soul for being selected as this poem as the poem of the day.
    (Report) Reply

  • Gajanan Mishra (10/1/2017 5:08:00 AM)


    love and love, good write (Report) Reply

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (10/1/2017 3:41:00 AM)


    Such an interesting poem........ (Report) Reply

  • Robert Murray Smith (10/1/2017 12:26:00 AM)


    Not a good choice for this category in this day and age. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, January 4, 2003



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