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Geoffrey Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales: General Prologue 17, The Wife Of Bath - (Forrest Hainline's Minimalist Translation)

Geoffrey Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales: General Prologue 17, The Wife Of Bath - (Forrest Hainline's Minimalist Translation)

445 A good Wife was there of beside Bath,
446 But she was somewhat deaf, and that was scathe.
447 Of cloth making she had such a haunt
448 She passed them of Ypres and of Ghent.
449 In all the parish wife was there none
450 That to the offering before her should go on;
451 And if they did, certain so wroth was she
452 That she was out of all charity.
453 Her coverchiefs full fine were of ground;
454 I dare swear they weighed ten pound
455 That on a Sunday were upon her head.
456 Her hose were of fine scarlet red,
457 Full straight tied, and shoes full moist and new.
458 Bold was her face, and fair, and red of hew.
459 She was a worthy woman all her life:
460 Husbands at church door she had five,
461 Without them other company in youth -
462 But there's no need to speak as now.
463 And thrice had she been at Jerusalem;
464 She had passed many a strange stream;
465 At Rome she had been, and at Boulogne,
466 In Galicia at Saint Jame, and at Cologne.
467 She could much of wandering by the way.
468 Gap-toothed was she, truly for to say.
469 Upon an ambler easily she sat,
470 Wimpled well, and on her head a hat
471 As broad as is a buckler or a targe;
472 A foot-mantle about her hips large,
473 And on her feet a pair of spurs sharp.
474 In fellowship well could she laugh and carp.
475 Of remedies of love she knew per chance,
476 For she knew of that art the old dance.


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