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A Fragment of CHAUCER.

1 RIGHT wele of lerned clerkis is it sed,
2 That womenhud for mannis' use is made;
3 But naughty man liketh not one, or so,
4 He lusteth aye unthirftily for mo;
5 And whom he whilome cherished, when tied
6 By holy church he cannot her abide.
7 Like unto dog which lighteth of a bone,
8 His tail he waggeth, glad therefore y-grown,
9 But thilke same bone if to his tail thou tye,
10 Pardie, he fearing it away doth fly.

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    Title (in Source Edition): A Fragment of CHAUCER.
    Author: James Harris
    Themes: religion; virtue; vice
    Genres: heroic couplet; fragment; imitation
    References: DMI 27768

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    A Collection of Poems in Six Volumes. By Several Hands. Vol. V. London: printed by J. Hughs, for R. and J. Dodsley, 1763 [1st ed. 1758], p. 296. 6v.: music; 8⁰. (ESTC T131163; OTA K104099.005)

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