Geoffrey Chaucer
London, England
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L'Envoy Of Chaucer To Bukton

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My Master Bukton, when of Christ our King
Was asked, What is truth or soothfastness?
He not a word answer'd to that asking,
As who saith, no man is all true, I guess;
And therefore, though I highte to express
The sorrow and woe that is in marriage,
I dare not write of it no wickedness,
Lest I myself fall eft in such dotage.

I will not say how that it is the chain
Of Satanas, on which he gnaweth ever;
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Susan Williams 24 March 2016
The Envoy of Chaucer to Buckton The Counsel of Chaucer concerning Marriage, which was sent to Buckton. My master Buckton, when it was demanded of Christ our Lord, what is truth or truthfulness, he answered not a word; as who should say, I believe no man is all true. Therefore, though I promised to describe the sorrow and woe that is in wedlock, I dare write no evil of it, lest I fall myself into such dotage again. I will not say how it is the chain of Satan, on which he ever gnaws, but I dare to say that, were he out of his torment, he would never again willingly be bound. But that doting fool who had rather be chained again than crawl out of prison, God let him never part from his woe, and no man bewail his case, though he weep! Yet take a wife, lest you do worse. It is better to wed than to burn in worse style. But all your days you shall have sorrow upon your flesh and be your wife's servant, as wise men say. And if Holy Scripture be not enough, perchance experience shall teach you that it were better to be taken prisoner in Frisia than again to fall into that trap of marriage. This little writing, proverb, or allegory, I send you; heed it, I counsel you. He is unwise who cannot bear prosperity. If you are safe, put not yourself in jeopardy. I pray you read the Wife of Bath on this matter that we have in hand. God grant you to lead your life in freedom; it is very hard to be an indentured servant. http: //
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