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From The Canterbury Tales:
The Merchant's Tale
lines 775-782: An example on generosity


755        Heere may ye se how excellent franchise
In wommen is, whan they hem narwe avyse.
Som tyrant is, as ther be many oon,
That hath an herte as hard as any stoon,
Which wolde han lat hym sterven in the place
780Wel rather than han graunted hym hire grace;
And hem rejoysen in hire crueel pryde,
And rekke nat to been an homycide.
775       Here may you see what generosity
In women is when they advise closely.
Perhaps some tyrant, for there's many a one,
Who has a heart as hard as any stone,
Would well have let him die within that place
780Much rather than have granted him her grace;
And such would have rejoiced in cruel pride,
Nor cared that she were thus a homicide.




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