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William Langland

(1330 - 1390 / Wales)

Quotations

  • ''A fair feeld ful of folk fand I there-betwene,
    Of alle maner of men, the mene and the riche,
    Worching and wandringe as the world asketh.
    Some putte hem to plow, playede ful selde,
    In setting and sowing swunke ful harde,
    Wonne that these wastours with glotonye destroyeth.''
    William Langland (1330-1400), British poet. The Vision of Piers Plowman (l. 9-14). . . Oxford Anthology of English Literature, The, Vols. I-II. Frank Kermode and John Hollander, general eds. (1973) Oxford University Press (Also published as six paperback vols.: Medieval English Literature, J. B. Trapp, ed.; The Literature of Renaissance England, John Hollander and Frank Kermode, eds.; The Restoration and the Eighteenth Century, Martin Price, ed.; Romantic Poetry and Prose, Harold Bloom and Lionel Trilling, eds.; Victorian Prose and Poetry, Lionel Trilling and Harold Bloom, eds.; Modern British Literature, Frank Kermode and John Hollander, eds.).
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  • ''on a May morwening upon Malverne hilles
    Me befel a ferly, of fairye me thoughte;
    I was wery ofwandred and wente me to reste
    Under a brod bank by a bournes side;
    And as I lay and lenede and lookede on the watres,
    I slomerede into a sleeping, it swyede so merye.''
    William Langland (1330-1400), British poet. The Vision of Piers Plowman (l. 9-14). . . Oxford Anthology of English Literature, The, Vols. I-II. Frank Kermode and John Hollander, general eds. (1973) Oxford University Press (Also published as six paperback vols.: Medieval English Literature, J. B. Trapp, ed.; The Literature of Renaissance England, John Hollander and Frank Kermode, eds.; The Restoration and the Eighteenth Century, Martin Price, ed.; Romantic Poetry and Prose, Harold Bloom and Lionel Trilling, eds.; Victorian Prose and Poetry, Lionel Trilling and Harold Bloom, eds.; Modern British Literature, Frank Kermode and John Hollander, eds.).
  • ''I saw a towr on a toft tryely y-maked;
    A deep dale benethe, a dungeoun thereinne
    With deepe dikes and derke and dredful of sight.''
    William Langland (1330-1400), British poet. The Vision of Piers Plowman (l. 9-14). . . Oxford Anthology of English Literature, The, Vols. I-II. Frank Kermode and John Hollander, general eds. (1973) Oxford University Press (Also published as six paperback vols.: Medieval English Literature, J. B. Trapp, ed.; The Literature of Renaissance England, John Hollander and Frank Kermode, eds.; The Restoration and the Eighteenth Century, Martin Price, ed.; Romantic Poetry and Prose, Harold Bloom and Lionel Trilling, eds.; Victorian Prose and Poetry, Lionel Trilling and Harold Bloom, eds.; Modern British Literature, Frank Kermode and John Hollander, eds.).

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