The Canterbury Tales: General Prologue & Frame Story
At night was come into that hostelrye
Wel nyne and twenty in a companye
Of sondry folk, by aventure y-falle
In felawshipe, and pilgrims were they all.
(General Prologue 23 – 26)
So hadde I spoken with hem everichon
That I was of hir felawshipe anon.
(General Prologue 31 – 32)
But al that he mighte of his freendes hente,
On bokes and on lerninge he it spente,
And bisily gan for the soules preye
Of hem that yaf him wherwith to scoleye.
(General Prologue 299 – 302)