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CANTERBURY TALES

THE SQUIRE'S PROLOGUE

by Geoffrey Chaucer

Squire, come nearer, if your will it be,

And speak to us of love; for certainly

You know thereof as much as any man."

"Nay, sir," said he, "but I'll do what I can

With hearty will; for I will not rebel

Against your wishes, but a tale will tell.

Hold me excused if I say aught amiss,

My aim is good, and lo, my tale is this."