| Quote #1
And though men dradded nevere for to dye,
The narrator's point here is that even people who don't fear the most inevitable thing in life – death – can see through their reason that idleness is just no good. This passage foreshadows moments in the tale itself in which characters portray other truths of Christianity as self-evident to a person's judgment through reason.
| Quote #2
'And thow Valerian, for thow so soone
Valerian's good judgment in believing in the truths of Christianity is rewarded here by the angel, who promises to grant him any gift that he asks for. This good judgment is called assenting to "good conseil." "Conseil," another word for advice, was a traditional offering of wives to husbands. In portraying what is in fact the aggressive proselytizing of Cecilia as just "good conseil," the tale normalizes what some might consider unbecoming of the female sex.
| Quote #3
'Whoso that troweth, nat this, a beest he is,'
Here Tiburtius assesses the truths of Christianity and judges them to be self-evident, so much so that the person who does not believe in them must be lacking reason. His judgement is here referred to as "espy"-ing, or seeing, the truth.