The Canterbury Tales: General Prologue & Frame Story
I trowe ye studie aboute som sophyme;
But Salamon seith 'every thyng hath tyme.'
(Clerk's Prologue 5 – 6)
Though I by ordre telle nat thise thynges,
Be it of popes, emperours, or kynges,
After hir ages, as men writen fynde,
But tellen hem som bifore and som bihynde,
As it now comth unto my remembraunce,
Have me excusen of myn ignoraunce.
(Monk's Prologue 97 – 102)
By that the Maunciple hadde his tale al ended,
The sonne fro the south lyne was descended
So lowe that he nas nat, to my sighte,
Degrees nyne and twenty as in highte.
Four of the clokke it was tho, as I gesse
(Parson's Prologue 1 – 5 & ff)