The Canterbury tales
Geoffrey Chaucer
F.N. Robinson

Retraction

Now preye I to hem alle that herkne this
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Litel tretys or rede, that if ther be any thynge
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In it that liketh hem, that therof they thanken
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Oure lord jhesu crist, of whom procedeth al
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Wit and al goodnesse./ And if ther be any
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Thyng that displese hem, I preye hem also that
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They arrette it to the defaute of myn unkonnynge,
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and nat to my wyl, that wolde ful fayn
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Have seyd bettre if I hadde had konnynge./
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For oure book seith, al that is writen is writen
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For our doctrine, and that is myn entente./
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Wherfore I biseke yow mekely, for the mercy
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Of go, that ye preye for me that crist have
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Mercy on me and foryeve me my giltes;/ and
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Namely of my translacions and enditynges of
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Worldly vanitees, the whiche I revoke in
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My retracciouns:/ as is the book of troilus;
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the book also of fame; the book of
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The xxv. Ladies; the book of the duchesse;
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The book of seint valentynes day of the parlemen
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of briddes; the tales of counterbury,
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Thilke that sownen into synne;/ the book of the
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Leoun; and many another book. If they were
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In my remembrance, and many a song and
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Many a leccherous lay; that crist for his grete
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Mercy foryeve me the synne./ But of the translacion
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of boece de consolacione, and othere
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Bookes of legendes of seintes, and omelies and
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Moralitee, and devocioun./ That thanke I oure
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Lord jhesu crist and his blisful mooder, and
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Alle the seintes of hevene,/ bisekynge hem that
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They from hennes forth unto my lyves ende
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Sende me grace to biwayle my giltes, and to
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Studie to the salvacioun of my soule, and
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Graunte me grace of verray penitence, confessioun
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and satisfaccioun to doon in this
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Present lyf,/ thurgh the benigne grace of
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Hym that is kyng of kynges and preest
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Over alle preestes, that boghte us with the
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Precious blood of his herte;/ so that is may
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Been oon of hem at the day of doom that shulle
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Be saved. Qui cum patre et spiritu sancto vivit
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Et regnat deus per omnia secula. Amen.
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