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From The Canterbury Tales:
The Shipman's Tale
lines 20-32: A monk who frequently visits the house of the merchant


20        This noble marchaunt heeld a worthy hous,
For which he hadde alday so greet repair
For his largesse, and for his wyf was fair,
That wonder is; but herkneth to my tale.
Amonges alle his gestes, grete and smale,
25Ther was a monk, a fair man and a boold -
I trowe a thritty wynter he was oold -
That evere in oon was drawynge to that place,
This yonge monk, that was so fair of face,
Aqueynted was so with the goode man,
30Sith that hir firste knoweliche bigan,
That in his hous as famulier was he
As it is possible any freend to be.
20        This noble merchant had a worthy house,
To which, each day, so many did repair,
Since he was generous and his wife was fair,
Wonderful it is; but listen to my tale.
Among his many guests of great and small
25There was a monk, a handsome man and bold,
I think that he was thirty winters old,
Who was for ever coming to that place.
This youthful monk, who was so fair of face,
Was so far intimate with the worthy man,
30And had been since their friendship first began.
That in the house familiar was he
As it is possible for friend to be.




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