5 JULY 1884, Page 31

The Canterbury Tales. By Frank Pitt Taylor. (Chapman and Hall).—Mr.

Pitt Taylor has modernised here twelve of the Canterbury Tales, acting on the principle of making as little change as possible, and differing, therefore, very widely from the method pursued by Dryden. Here is a specimen of his manner : -

" This knight, of whom my tale is specially, When he perceived he nought could learn truly (That is to say, what women loved the best). Full troubled was the spirit in his breast. But home he went ; no time was left for learning; The day was come that home he must be turning. And as his way it was he chanced to rid-, Verwhelmed e ith care, hard by a f-rest side Wherein he saw, all dancing on the sward, Some four-and-twenty ladies ; and towards The merry dancers eagerly he turned, In hopes that something might from them be learned ; But certain 'tans, ere he came fully there. The dancers vanished all, he knew not where."