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From The Canterbury Tales:
The Clerk's Tale
lines 393-441: About Griselda's renown and reputation


       And shortly forth this tale for to chace,
I seye, that to this newe markysesse
395God hath swich favour sent hir of his grace,
That it ne semed nat by liklynesse
That she was born and fed in rudenesse
As in a cote or in an oxe-stalle,
But norissed in an emperoures halle.
       And briefly forth throughout this tale to chase,
I say that unto this new marchioness
395God has such favour sent her, of his grace,
It seemed in no way true, by likeliness,
That she was born and bred in humbleness,
As in a hovel or an ox's stall,
But rather nurtured in an emperor's hall.

400        To every wight she woxen is so deere
And worshipful, that folk ther she was bore
And from hir birthe knewe hir yeer by yeere,
Unnethe trowed they, - but dorste han swore -
That she to Janicle, of which I spak bifore,
405She doghter nere, for as by conjecture,
Hem thoughte she was another creature.
400        To everyone she soon became so dear
And worshipful, that folk where she had dwelt
And from her birth had known her, year by year,
Although they could have sworn it, scarcely felt
That to Janicula, with whom I've dealt,
405She really was a daughter, for she seemed
Another creature now, or so they deemed.

       For though that evere vertuous was she,
She was encressed in swich excellence,
Of thewes goode, yset in heigh bountee,
410And so discreet and fair of eloquence,
So benigne, and so digne of reverence,
And koude so the peples herte embrace,
That ech hir lovede, that looked on hir face.
       For though she ever had been virtuous,
She was augmented by such excellence
Of manners based on noble goodness thus,
410And so discreet and wise of eloquence,
So gentle and so worthy reverence,
And she could so the people's hearts embrace,
That each her loved that looked upon her face.

       Noght oonly of Saluces in the toun
415Publiced was the bountee of hir name,
But eek biside in many a regioun,
If oon seide wel, another seyde the same;
So spradde of hir heighe bountee the fame
That men and wommen, as wel yonge as olde,
420Goon to Saluce upon hir to biholde.
       Not only in Saluzzo, in the town,
415Was published wide the goodness of her name,
But throughout many a land where she'd renown
If one said well, another said the same;
So widespread of her goodness was the fame
That men and women came; the young and old
420Went to Saluzzo, her but to behold.

       Thus Walter lowely, nay! but roially
Wedded with fortunat honestetee,
In Goddes pees lyveth ful esily
At hoom, and outward grace ynogh had he,
425And for he saugh that under low degree
Was ofte vertu hid, the peple hym heelde
A prudent man, and that is seyn ful seelde.
       Thus Walter lowly, nay, but royally,
Wedded, by Fortune's grace, right honourably,
In the good peace of God lived easily
At home, and outward grace enough had he;
425And since he saw that under low degree
Is virtue often hid, the people fairly
Held him a prudent man, and that's done rarely.

       Nat oonly this Grisildis thurgh hir wit
Koude al the feet of wyfly humblenesse,
430But eek, whan that the cas required it,
The commune profit koude she redresse.
Ther nas discord, rancour, ne hevynesse
In al that land, that she ne koude apese,
And wisely brynge hem alle in reste and ese.
       Not only this Griselda through her wit
Knew how with wifely arts her home to bless,
430But also, when there was a need for it,
The people's wrongs she knew how to redress.
There was no discord, rancour, heaviness
In all that land that she could not appease,
And wisely bring them all to rest and ease.

435 Though that hir housbonde absent were anon
If gentil men, or othere of hir contree
Were wrothe, she wolde bryngen hem aton.
So wise and rype wordes hadde she,
And juggementz of so greet equitee,
440That she from hevene sent was, as men wende,
Peple to save and every wrong tamende.
435        Although her husband from the court were gone,
If gentlemen, or less, of her country
Were angered, she would bring them all at one;
So wise and so mature of speech was she,
And judgments gave of so great equity,
440Men felt that God from Heaven her did send
People to save and every wrong to amend.





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