by Geoffrey Chaucer (c1343 - 1400)

Since I from Love escapëd am so fat
Language: English 
Since I from Love escapëd am so fat,
I never think to ben in his prison lean;
Since I am free, I count him not a bean.
He may answer, and sayë this or that;
I do not force, I speak right as I mean:
Since I from Love escapëd am so fat,
I never think to ben in his prison lean;

Love hath my name y-strike out of his sciat,
And he is stike out of my bookës clean
For evermore; there is none other mean.
Since I from Love escapëd am so fat,
I never think to ben in his prison lean;
Since I am free, I count him not a bean.

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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 13
Word count: 114