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From The Canterbury Tales:
The Miller's Prologue
lines 1-11: The judgement of the Knight's tale


Heere folwen the wordes bitwene the Hoost and the Millere


      Whan that the Knyght had thus his tale ytoold,
In al the route ne was ther yong ne oold
That he ne seyde it was a noble storie,
And worthy for to drawen to memorie;
5And namely the gentils everichon.
Oure Hooste lough, and swoor, "So moot I gon,
This gooth aright; unbokeled is the male,
Lat se now who shal telle another tale,
For trewely the game is wel bigonne.
10Now telleth on, sir Monk, if that ye konne
Somwhat to quite with the Knyghtes tale."
      Now when the knight had thus his story told,
In all the rout there was nor young nor old
But said it was a fine and noble story
Worthy to be kept in memory;
5And specially the gentle folk, each one.
Our host, he laughed and swore, "So may I run,
But this goes well; unbuckled is the mail;
Let's see now who can tell another tale:
For certainly the game has well begun.
10Now shall you tell, sir monk, if't can be done,
Something with which to pay for the knight's tale."



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