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A monk who frequently visits the house of the merchant
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From The Canterbury Tales:
The Shipman's Tale
lines 33-52: The monk claims to be the merchant's cousin


       And for as muchel as this goode man,
And eek this monk, of which that I bigan,
35Were bothe two yborn in o village,
The monk hym claymeth as for cosynage;
And he agayn, he seith nat ones nay,
But was as glad therof as fowel of day;
For to his herte it was a greet plesaunce.
40Thus been they knyt with eterne alliaunce,
And ech of hem gan oother for t'assure
Of bretherhede, whil that hir lyf may dure.
       And in as much as this same goodly man
And too, this monk of whom I first began,
35Were both born in the village they'd lived in,
The monk claimed him for cousin, or such kin;
And he again, he never said him nay,
But was as glad thereof as bird of day;
For to his heart it was a great pleasance.
40Thus they were knit by endless alliance,
And each of them did other one assure
Of brotherhood the while their lives endure.
       Free was daun John, and manly of dispence,
As in that hous, and ful of diligence
45To doon plesaunce, and also greet costage.
He noght forgat to yeve the leeste page
In al that hous; but after hir degree,
He yaf the lord, and sitthe al his meynee,
Whan that he cam, som manere honest thyng,
50For which they were as glad of his comyng
As fowel is fayn whan that the sonne up riseth.
Na moore of this as now, for it suffiseth.
       Free was Dan John with money and expense
When in that house; and full of diligence
45To please all there, whatever be his age.
He ne'er forgot to tip the humblest page
In all that house; according to degree
He gave the master, then the company,
Whene'er he came, some kind of honest thing;
50For which they were as glad of his coming
As bird is glad when the new sun up-rises.
No more of all this now, for it suffices.




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