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From The Canterbury Tales:
The Wife of Bath's Prologue
lines 363-384: Bondage in the marriage band


       Sire olde fool, what eyleth thee to spyen,
Thogh thou preye Argus, with his hundred eyen,
365To be my warde-cors, as he kan best,
In feith,he shal nat kepe me but me lest;
Yet koude I make his berd, so moot I thee.
       Thou seydest eek, that ther been thynges thre,
The whiche thynges troublen al this erthe,
370And that no wight ne may endure the ferthe.
O leeve sire shrewe, Jesu shorte thy lyf!
Yet prechestow, and seyst an hateful wyf
Yrekened is for oon of thise meschances.
Been ther none othere maner resemblances
375That ye may likne youre parables to,
But if a sely wyf be oon of tho?
       Thou likenest wommenes love to helle,
To bareyne lond, ther water may nat dwelle.
Thou liknest it also to wilde fyr;
380The moore it brenneth, the moore it hath desir
To consume every thyng that brent wole be.
Thou seyest, right as wormes shende a tree,
Right so a wyf destroyeth hir housbond.
This knowe they, that been to wyves bonde."
       Sir Ancient Fool, what ails you with your spies?
Though you pray Argus, with his hundred eyes,
365To be my bodyguard and do his best,
Faith, he sha'n't hold me, save I am modest;
I could delude him easily- trust me!
       You said, also, that there are three things- three-
The which things are a trouble on this earth,
370And that no man may ever endure the fourth:
O dear Sir Rogue, may Christ cut short your life!
Yet do you preach and say a hateful wife
Is to be reckoned one of these mischances.
Are there no other kinds of resemblances
375That you may liken thus your parables to,
But must a hapless wife be made to do?
       You liken woman's love to very Hell,
To desert land where waters do not well.
You liken it, also, unto wildfire;
380The more it burns, the more it has desire
To consume everything that burned may be.
You say that just as worms destroy a tree,
Just so a wife destroys her own husband;
Men know this who are bound in marriage band."




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