Previous Previous:
From The Canon's Yeoman's Tale, lines 439-458:
However, generally canons are just and true
Previous
Librarius Homepage
© Librarius
All rights reserved.



From The Canterbury Tales:
The Canon's Yeoman's Tale
lines 459-468: A priest in London


       In Londoun was a preest, an annueleer,
460That therinne dwelled hadde mayn a yeer,
Which was so plesaunt and se servysable
Unto the wyf, where as he was at table,
That she wolde suffre hym no thyng for to paye
For bord ne clothyng, wente he never so gaye;
465And spendyng silver hadde he right ynow.
Therof no fors; I wol procede as now,
And telle forth my tale of the chanoun
That broghte this preest to confusioun.
       In London was a priest, an annualeer
460Who had therein dwelt many a quiet year,
A man so pleasant and so serviceable
To the goodwife who shared with him her table,
That she would never suffer him to pay
For board or clothing, went he ever so gay;
465Of spending-silver, too, he had enow.
No matter; I'll proceed as I said, now,
And tell about the canon all my tale,
Who gave this priest good cause to weep and wail.




Next Next:
From The Canon's Yeoman's Tale, lines 469-488:
The false canon borrows money from the priest and pays him back on the due date
Next