The Canterbury Tales: General Prologue & Frame Story
[The Squire] koude songes make and wel endyte,
Juste and eek daunce, and wel purtreye and wryte.
(General Prologue 95 – 96)
[The Monk] yaf nat of that text a pulled hen,
That seith that hunters ben nat holy men,
Ne that a monk, whan he is reccheless,
Is lykned til a fish that is waterlees
(That is to seyn, a monk out of his cloistre);
But thilke text held he nat worth an oistre.
(General Prologue 177 – 182)
And certeinly [the Friar] hadde a murye note;
Wel coude he singe and pleyen on a rote;
Of yeddinges he bar outrely the prys.
(General Prologue 235 – 237)