Poetic Inspiration

Geofrey Chaucer, extract from ‘The Squire’s Prologue’, The Canterbury Tales, 1478

Full joyous and
clear was Phoebus, the sun, for he was nigh his exaltation in
Mars' face, and in his mansion in Aries, the sign hot and
choleric. Full lusty was the weather and mild, so that the birds,
against the bright sun, what with the season and the young
green, sang full loud their affections. It seemed they had got
them shields against the keen, cold sword of winter.