The Canterbury Tales: General Prologue & Frame Story
It is ful fair to been y-clept, 'Madame,'
And goon to vigilyes al bifore,
And have a mantel royalliche y-bore.
(General Prologue 376 – 378)
But rather wolde [the Parson] yeven, out of doute,
Unto his povre parisshens aboute
Of his offring, and eek of his substaunce.
(General Prologue 487 – 489)
[The Plowman] wolde thresshe, and therto dyke and delve,
For Cristes sake, for every povre wight,
Withouten hyre, if it lay in his might.
(General Prologue 536 – 538)