A Ballad Of Gentleness

The firste stock-father of gentleness,
What man desireth gentle for to be,
Must follow his trace, and all his wittes dress,
Virtue to love, and vices for to flee;
For unto virtue longeth dignity,
And not the reverse, safely dare I deem,
All wear he mitre, crown, or diademe.

This firste stock was full of righteousness,
True of his word, sober, pious, and free,
Clean of his ghost, and loved business,
Against the vice of sloth, in honesty;
And, but his heir love virtue as did he,
He is not gentle, though he riche seem,
All wear he mitre, crown, or diademe.

Vice may well be heir to old richess,
But there may no man, as men may well see,
Bequeath his heir his virtuous nobless;
That is appropried to no degree,
But to the first Father in majesty,
Which makes his heire him that doth him queme,
All wear he mitre, crown, or diademe.

by Geoffrey Chaucer

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This poem was really interesting to me This poem really helped me on my poetry project that I had due in two days! Geoffrey Chaucer you did a nice job on making this poem.
Very insightful into the use of Ye Olde English.
Here are some helpful translations of Olde Englishe from http: //www.everypoet.com/archive/poetry/Geoffrey_Chaucer/chaucer_poems_MISCELLANEOUS_POEMS.htm 1. The firste stock-father of gentleness: Christ Must follow his trace, and all his wittes dress, * *apply *All wear he* mitre, crown, or diademe. *whether he wear* *Clean of his ghost, * and loved business, *pure of spirit* That is appropried* to no degree, *specially reserved Which makes his heire him that doth him queme, * *please
With the muse of humility; for the sake of peace. Great work!
I am agree with Theresa Ciccone..We have to follow the path..must keep the sublimity, vice is swelling on the lap of rich...Geoffrey Chaucer a period in English literature..
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