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Geoffrey Chaucer (c. 1340–1400).  The Complete Poetical Works.  1894.
 
The Minor Poems
XX. Proverbs of Chaucer
 
I.
WHAT shul thise clothes many-fold,
  Lo! this hote somers day?—
After greet heet cometh cold;
  No man caste his pilche away.
 
II.
Of al this world the wyde compas
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  Hit wol not in myn armes tweyne.—
Who-so mochel wol embrace
  Litel therof he shal distreyne.
 
 
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