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.
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.
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[.]