The Canterbury Tales: The Miller's Tale
Ful sooth is this proverbe, it is no lye,
Men seyn right thus, 'Alwey the nye slye
Maketh the ferre leve to be looth.'
For though that Absolon be wood or wrooth,
By cause that he fer was from hir sighte,
this nye Nicholas stood in his lighte.
This sely Absolon herde every deel,
And on his lippe he gan for anger byte;
And to himself he seyde, 'I shal thee quyte.'