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EXTRACTS. xvii

^ The Grod of her has made an end^ And fro this worldea/wriV Hath taken her into companie."

Oiywer^ Constance.

Mr. Bitson professes not to understand the meaning of faerie in this last passage. Mr. Biteon should, as Sir Hugh Evans says, have '* prayed his pible petter f where, among other things that might have been of service to him, he would hnve learned that ** man walketh in a vam show," that " all is vanity,'* and that ** the fashion of this world passeth away," and then he would have found no difficulty in compre- hending the pious language of " moral Qower " in his allusion to the transitory and deceptive vanities of the world.

2. From the sense of illusion simply, the transition was easy to that of the land of illusions, the abode of the Fa^, who produced them ; and Faerie next came, to signify the country of the B^ays. Analogy also was here aiding ; for as a Nonnerie was a place inhabited by Nonnes, a Jewerie a place inhabited by Jews, so a Faerie was naturally a place inhabited by Fays. Its termination, too, corresponded with a usual one in the names of countries: Tartaric, for instance, and the regne of Feminie.**

^ Here beside an elfish knight Hath taken my lord in fight, And hath him led with him away Into the Faerie, sir, parmafay."

Sir Ouy,

    • La puissance qn'il avoit sur ionreB faeries du monde."

Muon de Bordeaux*

^ En effect, s*il me falloit retoomer en faerie je ne sfauroye ou prendre men diemin. — Offier le Dannoys.

'* That Qawain with his olde cartesie, Though he were come agen out ot faerie.^

Squiei's Tale.

  • ^ He (Authur) is a king y-crowned in Faerie

Witn sceptre and pall, and his regalty Shall resort, as lord and sovereigne.

Out of Faerie, and reign in Bretaine, I

And repair again that ould round table.'*

Lydgate, Fall of Princes, B. viiL, c 24

3. From the country the appellation passed to the inhabitants in their ool- lective capacity, and the Faerie now signified the people of Fairy-land. [Here, too, there is perhaps an analogy with cavalry, nfantry, squiene, and similar collective terms.]

<< Of the fourth kind of spirits called the Phaine."

K. James, Demonclogie, L 3.

^ Full often time he, Pluto, and his quene Proserpina, and aUe her faerie, Disporten hem, and maken melodie About that well."

Marchant^s Tale*

This is, perhaps, the proper aente of the word in all the remaining places in Chaucer

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