The Canterbury Tales: General Prologue & Frame Story
For whether that he payde, or took by taille,
Algate he wayted so in his achat
That he was ay biforn and in good stat.
(General Prologue 570 – 572)
Of maistres hadde he mo than thryes ten
Worthy to ben stiwardes of rente and lond
Of any lord that is in Engelond,
To make him live by his propre good
In honour, detelees, but he were wood.
(General Prologue 576, 579 – 582)
His lord wel coude he plesen subtilly,
To yeve and lene him of his owne good,
And have a thank, and yet a cote and hood.
(General Prologue 610- 612)