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SELECTIONS FROM CHAUCER, WITH CRITICAL NOTICE
CHARACTERS OF PILGRIMS

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THE FRIAR'S TALE; OR, THE SUMMONER AND THE DEVIL
THE PARDONER'S WAY OF PREACHING

THE MERCHANT'S OPINION OF WIVES

GALLANTRY OF TRANSLATION

THE DISAPPEARANCE OF THE FAIRIES

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AN ILLUSTRATIVE ESSAY

ON

WIT AND HUMOUR.

THE facetious Dr. King the civilian, one of the minor, or rather the minim poets, who have had the good luck to get into the Collections, tells us, that he awoke one morning, speaking the following words "out of a dream,"

Nature a thousand ways complains,

A thousand words express her pains;
But for her laughter has but three,
And very small ones, Ha, ha, he!

This seems to be a very tragical conclusion for "poor human nature;" but the Doctor had probably been taking his usual potations over-night, and so put his waking thoughts into plaintive condition; for had he reflected on that "art of wit" which he professed, and opposed pleasures to pains, instead of "laughter," as the correct wording of his proposition required, he would have discovered that

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