The Canterbury Tales: General Prologue & Frame Story
For [the Clerk] was levere have at his beddes heed
Twenty bokes, clad in blak or reed,
Of Aristotle and his philosophye
Than robes riche, or fithele, or gay sautrye.
(General Prologue 293 – 296)
This noble ensample to his sheep he yaf,
That first [the Parson] wroghte, and afterward he taughte.
Out of the gospel he tho wordes caught.
(General Prologue 496 – 498)
Whoso shal telle a tale after a man,
He moot reherce as ny as evere he can
Everich a word, if it be in his charge,
Al speke he never so rudeliche and large
Or elles he moot telle his tale untrewe,
Or feyne thing, or finde wordes newe.
(General Prologue 731 – 736)