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From: Monarch Notes
Chaucer Takes His Leave
In this famous "Retraction" Chaucer begs his readers to forgive him for
those things they find displeasing, and charge it to his lack of skill. And he
asks that they pray for him to Christ that he might be forgiven for the
"worldly vanities" which he has composed - works like the Troilus and Criseyde
and the House of Fame, and many another "lecherous lay." He beseeches Christ
and His blissful Mother, and all the Saints to send him the grace of final
penitence, so that he may be counted among the saved on the Day of Judgment.
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