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The Canterbury Tales
Geoffery Chaucer

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"The Miller's Tale" courtesy Gerard NeCastro, University of Maine at Machias.

The Miller's Tale (Middle English)

MilT 3187 Whilom ther was dwellynge at Oxenford
MilT 3188 A riche gnof, that gestes heeld to bord,
MilT 3189 And of his craft he was a carpenter.
MilT 3190 With hym ther was dwellynge a poure scoler,
MilT 3191 Hadde lerned art, but al his fantasye
MilT 3192 Was turned for to lerne astrologye,
MilT 3193 And koude a certeyn of conclusiouns,
MilT 3194 To demen by interrogaciouns,
MilT 3195 If that men asked hym, in certein houres
MilT 3196 Whan that men sholde have droghte or elles shoures,
MilT 3197 Or if men asked hym what sholde bifalle
MilT 3198 Of every thyng; I may nat rekene hem alle.
MilT 3199 This clerk was cleped hende Nicholas.
MilT 3200 Of deerne love he koude and of solas;
MilT 3201 And therto he was sleigh and ful privee,
MilT 3202 And lyk a mayden meke for to see.
MilT 3203 A chambre hadde he in that hostelrye
MilT 3204 Allone, withouten any compaignye,
MilT 3205 Ful fetisly ydight with herbes swoote;
MilT 3206 And he hymself as sweete as is the roote
MilT 3207 Of lycorys or any cetewale.
MilT 3208 His Almageste, and bookes grete and smale,
MilT 3209 His astrelabie, longynge for his art,
MilT 3210 His augrym stones layen faire apart,
MilT 3211 On shelves couched at his beddes heed;
MilT 3212 His presse ycovered with a faldyng reed;
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