That lyf so short, the craft so long to lerne, Th'assay so hard, so sharp the conquerynge.
The lyf so short, the craft so longe to lerne. Th’ assay so hard, so sharp the conquerynge, The dredful joye, alwey that slit so yerne; Al this mene I be love.Geoffrey Chaucer
Of studie took he most cure and most hede. Noght o word spak he more than was nede, And that was seyd in forme and reverence, And short and quik, and ful of hy sentence. Souninge in moral vertu was his speche, And gladly wolde he lerne, and gladly teche.Geoffrey Chaucer
The first vertue, sone, if thou wilt lerne, Is to restreyne and kepen wel thy tonge.Geoffrey Chaucer