Floure and the Leaf

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A 15th‐cent. allegory in 595 lines of rhyme‐royal, formerly attributed to Chaucer and included by Skeat in Chaucerian and Other Pieces, appended as vol. vii to his edition of Chaucer. The poet, wandering in a grove, sees the white company of knights and ladies of the leaf (Diana, goddess of chastity) and the green company of the flower (Flora), ‘folk that loved idleness’ and had delight ‘of no business but for to hunt and hauke and pley in medes’.

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