The Canterbury tales
Geoffrey Chaucer
F.N. Robinson

The Epilogue of the Nun's Priest's Tale

Sire Nonnes Preest," oure Hooste seide anoon,
I-blessed be thy breche, and every stoon!
This was a murie tale of Chauntecleer.
But by my trouthe, if thou were seculer,
Thou woldest ben a trede-foul aright.
For if thou have corage as thou hast myght,
Thee were nede of hennes, as I wene,
Ya, moo than seven tymes seventene.
See, whiche braunes hath this gentil preest
So gret a nekke, and swich a large breest!
He loketh as a sperhauk with his yen;
Him nedeth nat his colour for to dyen
With brasile, ne with greyn of Portyngale.
Now, sire, faire falle yow for youre tale!
And after that he, with ful merie chere,
Seide unto another, as ye shuln heere.