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The Canterbury Tales and Other Works of Chaucer (Middle English), by Geoffery Chaucer, [14th cent.], at

The Shorter Poems


 What shul these clothes thus manyfold,
 Lo this hote somers day?
 After grete hete cometh cold;
 No man caste his pilche away.
 Of al this world the large compas
 Yt wil not in myn armes tweyne;
 Who so mochel wol embrace,
 Litel therof he shal distreyne.

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