Geoffrey Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales: General Prologue 26, The Rules Of The Game - (Forrest Hainline's Minimalist Translation)
Geoffrey Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales: General Prologue 26, The Rules of the Game - (Forrest Hainline's Minimalist Translation)
Our counsel was not long for to seek.
We thought it was not worth to make it wise,
And granted him without more avise,
And bade him say his verdict as he lest.
790 "Lords, " said he, "now hearken for the best;
But take it not, I pray you, in disdain.
This is the point, to speak short and plain,
That each of you, to short with our way,
In this voyage shall tell tales tway
795 To Canterbury-ward, I mean it so,
And homeward he shall tell another two,
Of adventures that awhile have befall.
And which of you that bears him best of all -
That is to say, that tells in this case
800 Tales of best sentence and most solace -
Shall have a supper at all our cost
Here in this place, sitting by this post,
When that we come again from Canterbury.
And for to make you the more merry,
805 I will myself goodly with you ride,
Right at my own cost, and be your guide;
And whoso will my judgment gainsay
Shall pay all that we spend by the way.
And if you vouchsafe that it be so,
810 Tell me anon, without words more,
And I will early shape me therefore."
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