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From The Canterbury Tales:
The Merchant's Prologue
lines 21-32: The merchant offers to tell a tale and the host gladly accepts the mechant's offer


       A! goode sire hoost, I have ywedded bee
Thise monthes two, and moore nat, pardee;
And yet, I trowe, he that al his lyve
Wyflees hath been, though that men wolde him ryve
25Unto the herte, ne koude in no manere
Tellen so muchel sorwe as I now heere
Koude tellen of my wyves cursednesse!"
       Now," quod oure hoost, "Marchaunt, so God yow blesse,
Syn ye so muchel knowen of that art
30Ful hertely I pray yow telle us part."
       "Gladly," quod he, "but of myn owene soore,
For soory herte, I telle may namoore."
       Ah, good sir host! Yes I have been married,
These past two months, and no day more, indeed;
And yet I think that he whose days alive
Have been all wifeless, although men should rive
25Him to the heart, he could in no wise clear
Tell you so much of sorrow as I here
Could tell you of my spouse's cursedness."
       "Now," said our host, "merchant, so God you bless,
Since you're so very learned in that art,
30Full heartily, I pray you, tell us part."
       "Gladly," said he, "but of my own fresh sore,
For grief of heart I may not tell you more."




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