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From The Pardoner's Tale, lines 593-602:
The three men find Death
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From The Canterbury Tales:
The Pardoner's Tale
lines 603-617: The Pardoner elaborates the moral of his tale

       But certes, I suppose that Avycen
Wroot nevere in no canoun, ne in no fen,
605Mo wonder signes of empoisonyng
Than hadde thise wrecches two, er hir endyng.
Thus ended been thise homycides two,
And eek the false empoysoner also.
       O cursed synne ful of cursednesse!
610O traytours homycide, O wikkednesse!
O glotonye, luxurie, and hasardrye!
Thou blasphemour of Crist, with vileynye
And othes grete, of usage and of pride,
Allas, mankynde, how may it bitide
615That to thy Creatour which that the wroghte,
And with His precious herte-blood thee boghte,
Thou art so fals and so unkynde, allas!
       I feel quite sure that Doctor Avicena
Within the sections of his Canon never
605Set down more certain signs of poisoning
Than showed these wretches two at their ending.
Thus ended these two homicides in woe;
Died thus the treacherous poisoner also.
       O cursed sin, full of abominableness!
610O treacherous homicide! O wickedness!
O gluttony, lechery, and hazardry!
O blasphemer of Christ with villainy,
And with great oaths, habitual for pride!
Alas! Mankind, how may this thing betide
615That to thy dear Creator, Who thee wrought,
And with His precious blood salvation bought,
Thou art so false and so unkind, alas!

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From The Pardoner's Tale, lines 618-632:
The Pardoner explains the purpose of his pardons