The Canterbury Tales: The Wife of Bath's Tale
But for ye speken of swich gentillesse
As is descended out of old richesse,
That therfore sholden ye be gentil men,
Swich arrogance nis nat worth an hen.
(1115 – 1118)
Looke who that is moost vertuous alway,
Privee and apert, and moost entendeth ay
To do the gentil dedes that he kan,
Taak hym for the grettest gentil man.
(1120 – 1123)
Crist wole we clayme of him oure gentillesse,
Nat of oure eldres for hire old richesse.
(1123 – 1124)