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Geoffrey Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales: General Prologue 13, The Haberdasher, Carpenter, Arras-Maker, Dyer And Weaver - (Forrest Hainline's Minimalist Translation)

Geoffrey Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales: General Prologue 13, The Haberdasher, Carpenter, Arras-Maker, Dyer And Weaver - (Forrest Hainline's Minimalist Translation)

361 A Haberdasher and a Carpenter,
362 A Weaver, a Dyer, and a Tapisser -
363 And they were clothed all in a livery
364 Of a solemn and a great fraternity.
365 Full fresh and new their gear apiked was;
366 Their knives were mounted not with brass
367 But all with silver, wrought full clean and well,
368 Their girdles and their pouches everydell.
369 Well seemed each of them a fair burgess
370 To sit in a guildhall on a dais.
371 Each one, for the wisdom that he kan,
372 Was shapely for to be an alderman.
373 For cattle had they enough and rent,
374 And eek their wives would it well assent
375 And else certain were they to blame.
376 It is full fair to have been called "madame, "
377 And go to vigils all before,
378 And have a mantle royally bore.

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