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From The Canterbury Tales:
The Physician's Tale
lines 277-286: The moral of the Physician's tale


       Heere men may seen, how synne hath his merite.
Beth war, for no man woot whom God wol smyte
In no degree, ne in which manere wyse
280The worm of conscience may agryse
Of wikked lyf, though it so pryvee be
That no man woot therof but God and he.
For be he lewed man, or ellis lered,
He noot how soone that he shal been afered.
285Therfore I rede yow this conseil take,
Forsaketh synne, er synne yow forsake.
       Here may men see how sin has its desert!
Beware, for no man knows whom God will hurt,
Nor how profoundly, no, nor in what wise
280The hidden worm of conscience terrifies
The wicked soul, though secret its deeds be
And no one knows thereof but God and he.
For be he ignorant or learned, yet
He cannot know when fear will make him sweat
285Therefore I counsel you, this counsel take:
Forsake your sin before sin shall you forsake.


Heere endeth the Phisiciens Tale.





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