Ye Olde Rhyme


Lament (Part XIII)

Geoffrey Chaucer, before he started writing his  Canterbury Tales,
wrote The Legend of Good Women, in which he singularly fails
to make a good impression on the God of Love but luckily for him,
the Queen of Love throws down a challenge. Will he sink or swim?
She says he hasn’t dealt too well with love and lovers in his verse,
so start right now to make amends, as an aside, you better not do worse.
The Queen of Love is called Alcestis and though you might think him crazy.
She has, he says, the style and grace with the pure beauty of a daisy.