In the ‘Prologue’ to his Caunterbury Tales Geoffrey Chaucer characterises his ‘clerk [scholar] from Oxenford’ thus (excerpts):

For hym was levere have [he’d rather have] at his beddes heed
Twenty bookes, clad in blak or reed,
Of Aristotle and his philosophie,

Than robes riche, or fithele [fiddle], or gay sautrie [dance].
But al be that he was a philosophre [although he was a philosopher],
Yet hadde he but litel gold in cofre [suitcase];
But al that he myghte of his freendes hente [fetch, obtain],
On bookes and his lernynge he it spente,

[...]


Of studie took he moost cure
[care] and moost heede,
Noght o [one] word spak he moore than was neede,
And that was seyd in forme and reverence,

And short and quyk, and ful of hy [high] sentence.
Sownynge [sounding] in moral vertu was his speche,
And gladly wolde he lerne, and gladly teche.

 Well, you decide now: Are you—if you are a philosopher—like that, are your philosopher-friends—if you are not—like that?

Strona główna/Home