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And alle were...

...Worthy men in hir degree

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Yet herde I never...

...tellen in myn age upon this nombre definicioun

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God bad...

...us for to wexe and multiplye

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But of no nombre...

...mencioun made he of bigamye or octogamye

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To speke...

...of wo that is in marriage

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Welcome the...

...sixte whan that ever he shall

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Abraham and Jacob: And each of hem...

...hadde wyves mo than two; and many another holy men also

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Men may conseille...

...a womman to be oon, but conseilling is no comandement

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For hadde God...

...commanded maydenhede, than hadde he dampned wedding with the dede

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And certes if ther were no...

...seed y-sowe, Virginitee, wher of than sholde it growe?

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I wol bistowe the...

...flour of al myn age in the actes and in fruit of marriage

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A lord in his houshold, he hath nat every vessel...

...al of gold; Somme been of tree, and doon hir Lord servyse

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Crist: he spoke to hem that wolde live parfitly...

...and lordinges, by your leve, that am nat I

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Trusteth right wel, ...

...they were nat maad for noght

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That they were makes for purgacioun...

...of urine, and our bothe things smale were eek to knowe a female from a male and for noon other cause

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They maked been for bothe...

...this is to seye for ese and of engendrure

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Lat ham be breed of...

...pured whete-seed, and lat us wyves hoten barly breed

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In wyfhode I wol use myn...

...instrument as frely as my maker hath it sent

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Whan that hym...

...list com forth and paye his dette

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Which shal...

...be both my dettour and my thral

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I have the power duryng...

...al my lyf upon his propre body and noght he

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Pardoner: and teche us yonge men...

...of your praktike

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As three of hem...

...were gode and two were badde

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I laughe whan I thynk...

...how pitously a night I made hem swynke

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The three men...

...were gode, and riche and olde

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They had me yeven hir gold and hir treat; me neded...

...nat do lenger dilligence to winne hir love and doon hem reverence

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A wys womman wol sette hir ever in oon...

...to get hir love, ther as she hath noon

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But sith I hadde hem hoolly in myn honde, and sith they hadde me yeven all hir lond...

...what sholde I taken hede hem for to plead, but it were for myn profit and myn ese?

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I governed...

...hem so wel

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Thus shul ye speke...

...and bere hem wrong on honde

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For half so boldely...

...kan ther no man, swere and lyen as a womman kan

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A wys wyf of that she can hir good...

...shal beren him on hond the cow is wood

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She is honoured over al ther she goth;...

...I sitte at hoom, I have no thrifty cloth

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Thou seist to me, it is a greet mischief...

...to wedde a povre womman, for costage

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And if that she be rich, of heigh parage...

...than seistow that it is tormentyre to suffre hir pryde and hir melancolye

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And if that she be fair, thou verray knave, thou seyst that every holour...

...wol hir have; she may no whyle in chastitee abide, that is assailled upon ech syde

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Thou seyst, some folk desyre is for richesse...

...Somme for our shap, and somme for our fairness

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And if that she be foul, thou seist that she coveiteth every man that she may se...

...foe as a spanyel she wol on him lepe, til that she finde som man hir to chepe

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Thou seyst we wyves wol our vyces hyde...

...til we be fast and then we wol hem shewe

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Thou seist also, that it displeseth me...

...but if that they wolt preysee my beautee

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Why hydestow, with sorwe, the keyes...

...of thy cheste awey fro me? It is thy good as wel as myn

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Thou shalt nat bothe...

... Be maister of my body and of my good

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Ptolemy: of alle man his wisdom is the hyeste...

...that rekketh never who hath the world in hende

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Thou seyst also that if we make us gay with clothing...

...and with precious array, that it is peril of our chastitee

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St Paul, Apostle: ye women shul apparaille yow...

...and noght to tressed heer and gay peree, as perles, ne with gold, ne clothes riche

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If the cattes skin be slyk and gay...

...she wol nat dwelle in house half a day

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Thou lykenest wommanes love...

...to hell, to bareyne lond, ther water may nat dwell

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Thou lykenst it also to wyld fyre...

...the moore it brenneth, the moore it hath desir to consum every day thing that brent wol be

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Thou seyst that right as wormes...

...shende a tree, right so a wyf destroyeth hir housbande

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Thus they seyden in hir drokenesse...

...and al was fals

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For as an hors...

...I koude byte and whyne

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Who-so that first to mille comth, first grint...

...I pleyned first so was our werre y-stint

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Deceive, weping, spinning...

...God hath yive to wommen kindely

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Atte ende I hadde the bettre in ech degree, by sleighte, or force...

...or by som maner thing, as by continuel murmer or grucching

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Namely abedde hadden they meschaunce...

...ther I wolde chide and do hem no plesaunce; I wolde no lenger in the bed abyde

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Til he maad...

...his raunson unto me

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Winne who-so may...

...for al is to selle

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Whan that it remembreth me upon my yowth...

...and on my jolitee it tikleth me aboute myn herte roote

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Unto this day it dooth myn herte...

...bote that I have had my world as in my tyme

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But age, allas! That al wol envenyme...

...hath biraft my beautee and my pith

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The flour is goon, there is na-more to telle...

...the bren, as best I can, now moste I selle

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I made him of the...

...same wode a croce

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That in his owene grece...

...I made hym freye

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In erthe I was...

...his Purgatorie

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In many wyse, how sore...

...I made him twiste

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It nis but was to burie...

...him preciously

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That fele I on my ribs...

...al by rewe

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That thogh he had me bet on every boon...

...he could winne agayn my love anoon

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Was of his love...

...daungerous to me

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Wayte what thing we may nat lightly have...

...ther-after wol we crye al day and crave

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Forbede us thing...

...and that desiren we

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Prees on us faste...

...and thanne wol we flee

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This knoweth every...

...woman that is wys

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Which that I took for...

...love and no richesse

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I holde a mouses herte nat worth a leek, that hath but oon hole...

...for to sterte to, and if that faille, than all is y'do

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Me thought he hadde a paire of...

...legge, and of feer so clene and faire

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Venus me yaf my lust, my likerousnesse...

...and Mars yaf me my sturdy hardiness

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And to him yaf I al the lond...

...and fee, that ever was me yeven ther-bifore

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Simplicus Gallis: lefte his wyf, and hir sook for terme of al his lyf...

...noght but for open-heeded he hir say lokinge out his dore upon a day

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Another Romayn tolde he by name, that, for his wyf was at...

...a sommres game without-oute his witing, he for sook hir eke

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I hate him that...

...my vices telleth me

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To reden on his book...

...of wyked wyves

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It is impossible that any clerk wol...

...Speke good of wyves

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Who peynted...

...the leon, tel me who?

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If wommen hadde written stories...

...they wolde han written men moore wikkednesse

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Of Eva first, that, for hir wikkedness...

...was al mankynde broght to wrecchednesse

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Sampson lost...

...his heres, slepinge

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Of Hercules and of his Dianyne...

...that caused him to sette himself a-fyre

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Of Clitemistra, for hir lecherye...

...that falesly made hir housband for to dye

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Eriphilem, that for an ouch of gold hath prively...

...unto the Grekes told wher that hir housbande hidde him in a place

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Lyma and Lucye: they bothe made hir...

...housbande a for to dye

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He knew of mo proverbes...

...than in this world ther growen gras or herbes

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Thyn habitacioun be with a leoun or a foul dragon...

...than with a womman usinge for to chide

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Hye in the roof abyde than...

...with an angry wyf doun in the hous

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A fair womman, but she be chaast also, is lyk...

...a gold ring in a sowes nose

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And some han drive...

...nayles in hir brayn whyl that they slepe

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Somme han hem yeve...

...poysoun in hir drinke

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Three leves...

...have I phlight out of his book

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I with my fist so...

...took him on the cheke, that in our fyr he fal backward

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And with this he smoot me on...

...the heed, that in the floor I lay as I were deed

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I hitte hym...

...on the cheke

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But atte lasts, with muchel...

...care and wo, we fille acorded by us selven two

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He yaf me al the brydel in myn hond...

...to han the governance of hous and lond and of his tongue

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Do as thee lust in the terme of al thy lyf...

...keep thyn honour and keep eek myn estaat

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After that day...

...we hadden never debaat

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I was to him as kinde...

...as any wyf from Denmark to Inde

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And also trewe...

...and so was he to me

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A flye and eek a frere...

...wol falle in every dish and eek matere

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They loved me so wel...

...by God above, that I ne tolde no deyntee of hir love

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Experience...

...though noon auctoritee

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I laughe whan I thynke...

...how pitously a nyght I made hem swynke

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I hadde hem...

...hoolly in myn hond

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What sholde I taken keep hem...

...for to plese, but it were for my profit and myn ese

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I chidde hem...

...spitiously

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Thus shulde ye Speke...

...and bere hem wrong on honde

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Lat hem be breed of pured...

...whete-seed and let us wyves hoten barly-breed

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With empty hand...

...men may none haukes lure