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From The Canterbury Tales:
The Squire's Tale
lines 225-235: The mirror

225       And somme of hem wondred on the mirour
That born was up into the maister-tour,
How men myghte in it swiche thynges se.
225      And some much wondered on the mirror's power,
That had been borne up to the heighest tower,
And how men in it such strange things could see.
      Another answerde, and seyde, it myghte wel be
Naturelly by composiciouns
230Of anglis and of slye reflexiouns;
And seyden, that in Rome was swich oon.
They speken of Alocen and Vitulon,
And Aristotle, that writen in hir lyves
Of queynte mirours and of perspectives,
235As knowen they that han hir bookes herd.
      Another answered, saying it might be
Quite natural, by angles oddly spaced
230And sly reflections thus within it placed,
And said, at Rome was such a one, men know.
They spoke of Alhazen and Vitello
And Aristotle, who wrote, in their lives,
On mirrors strange and on perspectives,
235As all they know who've read their published word.

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