The Canterbury Tales

by: Geoffrey Chaucer

General Prologue: The Franklin through the Pardoner

1

And certainly he was a good felawe. Ful many a droughte of wyn had he ydrawe Fro Burdeux-ward, whil that he chapman sleep. Of nyce conscience took he no keep.

2

His studie was but litel on the Bible. In sangwyn and in pers he clad was al, Lyned with taffeta and with sandal; And yet he was but esy of dispence; He kepte that he wan in pestilence. For gold in phisik is a cordial, Therefore he lovede gold in special.

3

He was also a lerned man, a clerk, That Cristes gospel trewely wolde preche; His Parisshens devoutly wolde he teche. Benygne he was, and wonder diligent, An in adversitee full pacient[.]