Poetry Plus – Daisies – from Legend of Good Women (Prologue) – A poem by Geoffrey Chaucer

Daisies – from Legend of Good Women (Prologue) – A poem by Geoffrey Chaucer

Daysies from Legend of Good Women (Prologue – Original)

Now have I than switch a condicioun
That, of all the floures in the mede,
That love I most these floures whyte and rede,
Swiche as men called daysies in our toun.
To hem have I so greet affedecioun,
As I seyde erst, when comen is the May,
That in my bed ther daweth me no day
That I nam up, and walking in the mede
To seen this floure agein the sonne sprede,
When hit up-riseth erly by the morwe;
That blisful sighte softneth al my sorwe,
So glad am I whan that I have presence
Of hit, to doon al maner reverence,
As She, that is of alle floures flour,
Fulfilled of al vertu and honour
And ever y-lyke fair, and fresh of hewe;
And I love hit, and ever y-lyke newe,
And ever shal, til that myn herte dye;
Al swete I nat, of this I wol nat lye,
There loved no wight hotter in his lyfe.

Amid Dawn’s Silence

Amid dawn’s silence
Daisies in the graveyard bloom
Sorrow softened fades

Geoffrey Chaucer (c.1342/43-1400. Chaucer is the outstanding English poet before Shakespeare and “the first finder of our language.” His The Canterbury Tales ranks as one of the greatest poetic works in English.

He also contributed importantly in the second half of the 14th century to the management of public affairs as courtier, diplomat, and civil servant. In that career he was trusted and aided by three successive kings—Edward III, Richard II, and Henry IV. But it is his avocation—the writing of poetry—for which he is remembered.

Poem Attribution © Geoffrey Chaucer, Daisies – from Legend of Good Women (Prologue)

Source Attribution https://www.poetryintranslation.com/PITBR/English/GoodWomen.php

Source Attribution (Original Version) Favourite Flower Poems, National Trust Books

Senryu Attribution Goff James, Amid Dawn’s Silence

More senryū poems by Goff James

Painting Attribution © Cheryl Danton Perkins, Daisies, (Date Unstated)

Source Attribution https://www.saatchiart.com/art/Painting-Daisies/651876/1799477/view

Bio Reference Attribution https://www.britannica.com/biography/Geoffrey-Chaucer