The Canterbury Tales: The Wife of Bath's Prologue
Experience, thou noon auctoritee
Were in this world, were right ynogh to me
To speke of wo that is in mariage.
Men may devyne, and glosen up and doun,
But wel I woot, expres, withoute lye,
God bad for us to wexe and multiplye.
That gentil text kan I wel understonde.
Whan saugh ye evere in any manere age,
That hye God defended mariage
By expres word? I pray you, telleth me,
Or where comanded he virginitee?