John Palcewski (forioscribe) wrote,
John Palcewski

Amor Vincit Omnia

The Canterbury Tales begins with The General Prologue in which Chaucer describes The Prioress, thus:

“Ful seemly hir winpe pinched was,
hir nose tretys, hir eyen greye as glas,
hir mouth ful small, and therto softe and reed.
But sikerly she had a fair forheed-
it was almost a spanne brood, I trowe- for hardily
she was nat undergrowe.
Ful fetis was hir cloke, as I was war.
Of small coral about hire arm
she bar a piere of bedes, gauded al with grene;
an theron heng a broche of gold ful shene,
an which there was first write a crown A,
And after, amor vincit omnia.
(Lines 152-162)

The earliest reference to the romantic phrase--arranged as Omnia vincit Amor--originally appeared in Eclogue X of the Eclogues, a series of poems by Virgil (70 BC - 19 BC).

Site Meter

  • Post a new comment


    default userpic

    Your IP address will be recorded 

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.