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A Clerk ther was of Oxenforde also.
[Canterbury Tales continued.
Prologue. Line 287.
For him was lever han at his beddes hed
Than robes riche, or fidel, or sautrie.
Line 295. And gladly wolde he lerne, and gladly teche. Line 310.
Nowher so besy a man as he ther n' as,
His studie was but litel on the Bible.
For gold in phisike is a cordial;
Wide was his parish, and houses fer asonder. Line 493.
This noble ensample to his shepe he yaf,
But Cristes lore, and his apostles twelve,
And yet he had a thomb of gold parde.1
1 In allusion to the proverb, "Every honest miller has a golden thumb."
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Who so shall telle a tale after a man,
He moste reherse, as neighe as ever he can, Everich word, if it be in his charge,
All speke he never so rudely and so large;
For May wol have no slogardie a-night.
Yet in our ashen cold is fire yreken.
So was hire joly whistle wel ywette.
And for to see, and eek for to be seye.1
The Wif of Bathes Tale. Line 6695. 1 Spectatum veniunt, veniunt spectentur ut ipsae. Ovid, Art of Love, 1. 99.
[Canterbury Tales continued. That he is gentil that doth gentil dedis.
The Wif of Bathes Tale. Line 6752.
This flour of wifly patience.
The Clerkes Tale.
Pars Line 8797.
Fie on possession, But if a man be vertuous withal.
The Frankeleines Prologue. Line 10998.
Mordre wol out, that see we day by day.
The firste vertue, sone, if thou wilt lere,
For of fortunes sharpe adversite,
Troilus and Creseide. Book iii. Line 1625. One eare it heard, at the other out it went. Ibid. Book iv. Line 435.
The lyfe so short, the craft so long to lerne, Th' assay so hard, so sharpe the conquering. The Assembly of Foules. Line 1.
For out of the old fieldes, as men saithe,
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Nature, the vicar of the almightie Lord.
Ibid. Line 379.
Of all the floures in the mede, Than love I most these floures white and rede, Soch that men callen daisies in our toun. The Legend of Good Women. Line 41.
That well by reason men it call may
Ibid. Line 184.
THOMAS À KEMPIS. 1380 - 1471.
Man proposes, but God disposes.1
Imitation of Christ. Book i. Ch. 19.
And when he is out of sight, quickly also is he out of mind. Ibid. Book i. Ch. 23.
Of two evils, the less is always to be chosen. Ibid. Book iii. Ch. 12.
1 This expression is of much greater antiquity; it appears in the Chronicle of Battel Abbey, page 27 (Lower's Translation), and in Piers Ploughman's Vision, line 13,994.
A man's heart deviseth his way; but the Lord directeth his steps. Proverbs xvi. 9.
FRANCIS RABELAIS. 1495 - 1553.
I am just going to leap into the dark.'
To return to our wethers.2
Book i. Ch. i. note 2.
I drink no more than a sponge.
By robbing Peter he paid Paul, . . . . and hoped to catch larks if ever the heavens should fall. Book i. Ch. II. Book iv. Ch. 23.
I'll go his
The Devil was sick, the Devil a monk would be ;
FIVE HUNDRED POINTS OF GOOD HUSBANDRY. Time tries the troth in everything.
The Author's Epistle. Ch. 1. God sendeth and giveth, both mouth and the Good Husbandry Lessons. The stone that is rolling can gather no moss.
1 Je m'en vay chercher un grand peut-estre.
2 Revenons à nos moutons, a proverb taken from the old French farce of Pierre Patelin (ed. 1762, p. 90).