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'Archaisms' yclept are;
To me, though, gladsome door ajar
Through which some breeze of former times
Breathes other ardours, distant climes:
A scent I relish mostly; though
I bid Avaunt! to stench of woe
And cruelty - long past's ill norm -
Which recenter thought, and reform,
Have girt their thews to boldly banish
(Would that all such sins would vanish!)
Gentler mores soothe, caressing,
And tenderly bless, impressing
That we - twenty-first our century -
March but late in the adventury
After virtue and its fruits -
Inheriting old sages' boots.
So mannerly like these to speak
I think respectful and not weak -
Though insincereful affectation
Bode no cheerful delectation!
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Ann had a look at this in a slightly different version:

What eyleth yow to grucche thus and grone?
Is it for ye wolde have my queynte alone?
Wy, taak it all! Lo, have it every deel!
Peter! I shrewe yow, but ye love it weel;
For if I wolde selle my bele chose,
I koude walke as fresh as is a rose….


From “The Wife of Bath’s Prologue”
Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales


A Romance of Her Rose


Must all men grouch and groan for a virgin wife,
deflowered only once in married life?
Try to recall, from Chaucer’s merry tale,
those marriage words immortal that prevail,
when all there is of love has come and gone,
said freely by the good Dame Alisoun,
a wife who found five marriages great fun.
But in fact intact for only one,
she marketed a loving budding rose,
cleverly resealed when she chose.

queynte: cunt/pudendum
selle: sell, barter; perhaps a pun on “seal”?
bele chose: pudendum
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