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From The Canterbury Tales:
The Shipman's Tale
lines 75-88: The merchant and his financial administration


75        The thridde day, this marchant up ariseth,
And on his nedes sadly hym avyseth,
And up into his contour-hous gooth he
To rekene with hymself, wel may be,
Of thilke yeer how that it with hym stood,
80And how that he despended hadde his good,
And if that he encresses were or noon.
His bookes and his bagges many oon
He leith biforn hym on his countyng-bord.
Ful riche was his tresor and his hord,
85For whiche ful faste his contour-dore he shette;
And eek he nolde that no man sholde hym lette
Of his acountes, for the meene tyme;
And thus he sit til it was passe pryme.
75        Upon the third day this good trader rises,
And on his needs discreetly he advises;
And up into his counting-house goes he
To reckon up his books, as well may be,
For the past year, to learn how matters stood
80And what he'd spent, and whether it were good,
And whether he were wealthier than before.
His books and bags, all that he had in store,
He put before him on his counting-board;
He was right rich in goods and rich in hoard,
85For the which cause he bolted fast his door;
He'd have no one disturb him while before
Him stood his books and monies at that time;
And thus he sat till it was well past prime.




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