This world is but a thurghfare full of woe.
- Chaucer.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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In Chaucer's "Knights Tale," Theseus's father, Egeus, describes this journey of life in the bleakest possible terms: "This world," he insists, "nys but a thurghfare ful of wo, / And we been pilgrymes, passynge to and fro" (I 2848-49).
When Lydgate attributes 'this world is a thurghfare ful of woo' to Chaucer's 'tragedyes', Kelly determines that he has 'mistakenly remembered the line spoken by Egeus in the Knight's Tale [...] as coming from the Monk's Tale' (p.