The Canterbury tales
Geoffrey Chaucer
F.N. Robinson

The Host's Interruption of the Tale of Sir Thopas

Namoore of this, for goddes dignitee,
     919
Quod oure hooste, for thou makest me
     920
So wery of thy verray lewednesse
     921
That, also wisly God my soule blesse,
     922
Myne eres aken of thy drasty speche.
     923
Now swich a rym the devel I biteche!
     924
This may wel be rym dogerel, quod he.
     925
Why so? quod I, why wiltow lette me
     926
Moore of my tale than another man,
     927
Syn that it is the beste rym I kan?
     928
By god, quod he, for pleynly, at a word,
     929
Thy drasty rymyng is nat worth a toord!
     930
Thou doost noght elles but despendest tyme.
     931
Sire, at o word, thou shalt no lenger ryme.
     932
Lat se wher thou kanst tellen aught in geeste,
     933
Or telle in prose somwhat, at the leeste,
     934
In which ther be som murthe or som doctryne
     935
Gladly, quod I, by goddes sweete pyne!
     936
I wol yow telle a litel thyng in prose
     937
That oghte liken yow, as I suppose,
     938
Or elles, certes, ye been to daungerous.
     939
It is a moral tale vertuous,
     940
Al be it told somtyme in sondry wyse
     941
Of sondry folk, as I shal yow devyse.
     942
As thus: ye woot that every evaungelist,
     943
That telleth us the peyne of jhesu crist,
     944
Ne seith nat alle thyng as his felawe dooth;
     945
But nathelees hir sentence is al sooth,
     946
And alle acorden as in hire sentence,
     947
Al be ther in hir tellyng difference.
     948
For somme of hem seyn moore, and somme seyn lesse,
     949
Whan they his pitous passioun expresse --
     950
I meene of mark, mathew, luc, and john --
     951
But doutelees hir sentence is al oon.
     952
Therfore, lordynges alle, I yow biseche,
     953
If that yow thynke I varie as in my speche,
     954
As thus, though that I telle somwhat moore
     955
Of proverbes than ye han herd bifoore
     956
Comprehended in this litel tretys heere,
     957
To enforce with th' effect of my mateere,
     958
And though I nat the same wordes seye
     959
As ye han herd, yet to yow alle I preye
     960
Blameth me nat; for, as in my sentence,
     961
Shul ye nowher fynden difference
     962
Fro the sentence of this tretys lyte
     963
After the which this murye tale I write.
     964
And therfore herkneth what that I shal seye,
     965
And lat me tellen al my tale, I preye.
     966