The Canterbury Tales: The Wife of Bath's Prologue
A wys wyf, if that she can hir good,
Shal beren him on hond the cow is wood,
And take witnese of hir owene mayde
Of hir assent. (237-240)
Thou seyst, som folk desiren us for richesse,
Somme for oure shape, and somme for oure fairnesse,
And som for she kan outher synge or daunce,
And som for getillesse and daliaunce,
Som for hir handes and hir armes smale;
Thus goth al to the devel by thy tale.
Thou seyst, men may nat kepe a castel wal,
It may so longe assailled ben overal.
And if that she be foul, thou seist that she
Coveiteth every man that she may se;
For as a spaynel she wol on him lepe,,
Til that she finde som man hire to chepe.