The Canterbury Tales: General Prologue & Frame Story
His resons [the Merchant] spak ful solempnely,
Souninge always th'encrees of his winning.
(General Prologue 274 – 275)
But al be that he was a philosophre,
Yet hadde [the Clerk]but litel gold in cofre.
(General Prologue 297 – 298)
So greet a purchasour was nowher noon:
al was fee simple to [the Sergeant of the Law] in effect.
(General Prologue 318 – 319)