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Geoffrey Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales: General Prologue 21, The Manciple - (Forrest Hainline's Minimalist Translation)

Geoffrey Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales: General Prologue 21, The Manciple - (Forrest Hainline's Minimalist Translation)

567 A gentle Manciple was there of a temple,
568 Of which achatours might take example
569 For to be wise in buying of victuals;
570 For whether that he paid or took by tally,
571 Always he waited so in his achate,
572 That he was ay before and in good state.
573 Now is not that of God a full fair grace
574 That such a lewd man's wit shall pace
575 The wisdom of a heap of learned men?
576 Of masters had he more than thrice ten,
577 That were of law expert and curious,
578 Of which there were a dozen in that house
579 Worthy to be stewards of rent and land
580 Of any lord that is in England,
581 To make him live by his proper good
582 In honor debtless (but if he were wood) ,
583 Or live as scarcely as he might desire;
584 And able for to help all a shire
585 In any case that might fall or hap
586 And yet this Manciple set their all cap.

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