The Canterbury Tales: General Prologue & Frame Story
And trewely, as to my juggement,
Me thynketh [Petrarch's long Prologue] a thyng impertinent,
Save that he wole conveyen his mateere.
(Clerk's Prologue 53 – 55)
Lo, whiche sleightes and subtilitees
In wommen been! For ay as bisy as bees
Been they, us sely men for to deceyve,
And from the soothe evere wol they weyve;
By this Marchauntes tale it preveth weel.
(Merchant's Epilogue 1209 – 1213)
By Corpus bones! But I have triacle,
Or elles a draughte of moyste and corny ale,
Or but I heere anon a myrie tale,
Myn herte is lost for pitee of this mayde.
(Pardoner's Introduction 28 – 31)