For Him Was Lever Han At His Beddes Hed A Twenty Bokes, Clothed In Black Or Red, Of Aristotle, And His Philosophie, Than Robes Riche, Or Fidel, Or Sautrie.

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For him was lever han at his beddes hed
A twenty bokes, clothed in black or red,
Of Aristotle, and his philosophie,
Than robes riche, or fidel, or sautrie.
But all be that he was a philosophre,
Yet hadde he but litel gold in cofre.
-- Geoffrey Chaucer (1328-1400)
-- Canterbury Tales, Prologue, Line 295