The first vertue, sone, if thou wilt lerne, Is to restreyne and kepen wel thy tonge.
Who was hiër in philosophieTo Aristotle, in our tonge, but thow?thomas occleve
The firste vertue, sone, if thou wilt lere, Is to restreine and kepen wel thy tonge.Geoffrey Chaucer
For he owre englishe gilte with his sawes, Rude and boistous firste be olde dawes, That was ful fer from al perfeccioun And but of litel reputacioun Til that he cam, and thorugh his poetrie, Gan oure tonge firste to magnifie And adourne it with his eloquence: To whom honour, laude and reuerence.john lydgate
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