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Now, stir the fire, and close the shutters fast,

Let fall the curtains, wheel the sofa round,So let us welcome peaceful Evening in."

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Chaucer,

Surrey, Sidney, Raleigh, Spenser, Shakspeare, Jonson, Beaumont, Shirley, Carew, Lovelace, Lyly, Titchbourne.

Marlow, Daniel, Lodge, Herrick,

King, Wotton,

Suckling.

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CEOFFREY CHAUCER, that

worthy minstrel-monk, first in the order of Anglican poets, thus prefaces his Canterbury Tales :

Befelle, that, in that seson on a day,
In Southwerk at the Tabard as I lay,
Redy to wenden on my pilgrimage
To Canterbury with devoute corage,

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