Upton Sinclair, ed. (18781968).
The Cry for Justice: An Anthology of the Literature of Social Protest. 1915.
(From The Canterbury Tales)
By Geoffrey Chaucer
(Early English poet, c.13401400)
|THAN peyne I me to strecche forth my necke,|
|And est and west upon the people I bekke,|
|As doth a pigeon, syttyng on a loft;|
|Myn hondes and my tonge move so oft,|
|That it is joye to see my busynesse.|| 5|
|Of avarice and of suche cursedness|
|Is al my preching, for to make hem free|
|To give their pence, and namely unto me.
|Therfor my theem is yit, and ever was,|
|The root of evils is cupidity.|| 10|
|Thus can I preche agayn the same vice|
|Which that I use, and that is avarice.|
|But though myself be gilty in the same,|
|Yit can I maken other folks to blame.|