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The Monk assents and preludes the subjects of his tale
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From The Canterbury Tales:
The Monk's Tale
lines 103-110: The subject of the Monk's tale


Heere bigynneth the Monkes Tale De Casibus Virorum Illustrium.


       I wol biwaille in manere of tragedie
The harm of hem that stoode in heigh degree,
105And fillen so, that ther nas no remedie
To brynge hem out of hir adversitee.
For certein, whan that Fortune list to flee,
Ther may no man the cours of hire withholde;
Lat no man truste on blynd prosperitee;
110Be war of thise ensamples, trewe and olde.
       I will bewail in manner of tragedy
The ills of those that stood in high degree
105And fell so far there was no remedy
To bring them out of their adversity;
For certain 'tis, when Fortune decides to flee,
There may no man the course of her withhold;
Let no man trust in blind prosperity;
110Be warned by these examples true and old.




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