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The Canterbury Tales

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Lo, swich it is for to be recchelees,
And necligent, and truste on flaterye.
But ye that holden this tale a folye,
As of a fox, or of a cok and hen,
Taketh the moralitee, good men.
For seint Paul seith, that al that writen is,
To our doctryne it is y-write, y-wis.
Taketh the fruyt, and lat the chaf be stille.
See? This is what happens when you’re sloppy and not careful and listen to flatterers. This may have been a story about a fox and a rooster and a hen, but it’s more a story of morality, my friends. As St. Paul says, we can learn something from the words others have written, so I hope you understand that this was a story about morality and not about barnyard animals.


Now, gode God, if that it be thy wille,
As seith my lord, so make us alle good men;
And bringe us to his heighe blisse. Amen.
Oh Lord, make us all good men if it be your will, and let us rejoice in you. Amen.
HERE IS ENDED THE NONNE PREESTES TALE.
THAT’S THE END OF THE NUN’S PRIEST’S TALE.

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