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Geoffrey Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales: General Prologue 15, The Shipman - (Forrest Hainline's Minimalist Translation)

Geoffrey Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales: General Prologue 15, The Shipman - (Forrest Hainline's Minimalist Translation)

388 A Shipman was there, dwelling far by west;
389 For aught I know, he was of Dartmouth.
390 He rode upon a rouncy, as he couth,
391 In a gown of falding to the knee.
392 A dagger hanging on a laas had he
393 About his neck, under his arm adown.
394 The hot summer had made his hue all brown;
395 And certainly he was a good fellow.
396 Full many a draft of wine had he draw.
397 From Bordeaux-ward, while that the chapman sleep.
398 Of nice conscience took he no keep.
399 If that he fought and had the higher hand,
400 By water he sent them home to every land.
401 But of his craft to reckon well his tides,
402 His streams, and his dangers him besides,
403 His harbor, and his moon, his pilotage,
404 There was none such from Hull to Carthage.
405 Hardy he was and wise to undertake;
406 With many a tempest had his beard been shake.
407 He knew all the havens, as they were,
408 From Gotland to the cape of Finisterre,
409 And every creek in Brittany and in Spain.
410 His barge called was the Madelene.

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