Who So Shall Telle A Tale After A Man, He Moste Reherse, As Neighe As Ever He Can, Everich Word, If It Be In His Charge, All Speke He Never So Rudely And So Large

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Who so shall telle a tale after a man,
He moste reherse, as neighe as ever he can,
Everich word, if it be in his charge,
All speke he never so rudely and so large;
Or elles he moste tellen his tale untrewe,
Or feinen thinges, or finden wordes newe.
-- Geoffrey Chaucer (1328-1400)
-- Canterbury Tales, Prologue, Line 733