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Lak Of Stedfastnesse

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Somtyme the world was so stedfast and stable
That mannes word was obligacioun,
And now it is so fals and deceivable
That word and deed, as in conclusioun,
Ben nothing lyk, for turned up-so-doun
Is al this world for mede and wilfulnesse,
That al is lost for lak of stedfastnesse.

What maketh this world to be so variable
But lust that folk have in dissensioun?
For among us now a man is holde unable,
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Susan Williams 24 March 2016
Chaucer is saying that the world of the court and country has decayed due to the people's willingness to change in a variety of ways. Unlike the modern mind, which looks upon change as inevitable and desirable, this poem hates the changes which disrupt his culture, especially those affecting language (first stanza) , social relations (second stanza) , and a universal practice of mistaking vices for virtues (third stanza) . http: //faculty.goucher.edu/eng330/chaucer_Lak.htm
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