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Abstinence is approved of God.
By nature, men love newfangledness.
Forbid us something, and that thing we desire.
He that loveth God will do diligence to please God by his works, and abandon himself, with all his might, well for to do.
He was a shepherd and no mercenary,
And though he holy was and virtuous,
He was to sinful men full piteous;
His words were strong, but not with anger fraught;
A love benignant he discreetly taught.
To draw mankind to heavenly gentleness
And good example was his business.
It is but waste to bury them preciously.
Mincing she was, as is a wanton colt,
Sweet as a flower and upright as a bolt.
Nature, the vicar of the Almighty Lord.
Of all the floures in the mede,
Than love I most these floures white and rede,
Soch that men callen daisies in our toun.
One ear it heard, at the other out it went.
Roses were sette of sweete savour,
With many roses that thei here.
That well by reason men it call may
The daisie, or els the eye of the day,
The emprise, and floure of floures all.
The busy lark, the messenger of day.
The firste vertu, sone, if thou wolt leere,
Is to restreyne and kepe wel thy tonge;
Thus lerne childen whan that they been yonge.
- [Tongue : Virtue]
The smiler with the knife under his cloak.
To maken virtue of necessity.
Truth is the highest thing that man may keep.
We little know the things for which we pray.
With emptie hands men may no haukes lure.
Experience, though non auctoritee
Were in this world, is right ynough to me
To speke of wo that is in mariage. . . .
- Canterbury Tales--The Wife of Bath's Prologue
And then the wren gan scippen and to daunce.
- ascribed to Court of Love (l. 1,372)
O little booke, thou art so unconning,
How darst thou put thyself in prees for dred?
- Flower and the Leaf (l. 591),
(generally accepted as written by a fifteenth century lady admirer of Chaucer)
Your eyen two will slay me suddenly,
I may the beauty of them not sustain,
So woundeth it throughout my herte kene.
- Merciles Beaute [Love]
Habit maketh no monke, ne wearing of guilt spurs maketh no knight.
- Testament of Love (bk. II),
(Thomas Usk, Chaucer's contemporary, is generally accepted as author)
Every honest miller has a golden thumb.
- The Canterbury Tales, old saying [Gold]
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