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January the knight decides to marry
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From The Canterbury Tales:
The Merchant's Tale
lines 187-202: January tells his friends he wants to marry


       With face sad his tale he hath hem toold.
He seyde, "Freendes, I am hoor and oold,
And almost, God woot, on my pittes brynke;
190Upon my soule somwhat moste I thynke.
I have my body folily despended;
Blessed be God that it shal been amended!
For I wol be, certeyn, a wedded man,
And that anoon in al the haste I kan.
195Unto som mayde fair and tendre of age,
I prey yow, shapeth for my mariage
Al sodeynly, for I wol nat abyde;
And I wol fonde t'espien, on my syde,
To whom I may be wedded hastily.
200But forasmuche as ye been mo than I,
Ye shullen rather swich a thyng espyen
Than I, and where me best were to allyen.
       With sober face his tale to them he's told;
He said to them: "My friends, I'm grey and old,
And almost, God knows, come to my grave's brink;
190About my soul, now, somewhat must I think.
I have my body foolishly expended;
Blessed be God, that thing be amended!
For I will be, truly, a wedded man,
And that at once, in all the haste I can,
195Unto some maiden young in age and fair.
I pray you for my marriage all prepare,
And do so now, for I will not abide;
And I will try to find one, on my side,
To whom I may be wedded speedily.
200But for as much as you are more than I,
It's better that you have the thing in mind
And try a proper mate for me to find.




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January explains he wants a young wife
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