Als thai haf wryten and saydHaf I alle in myn Inglis layd,In symple speche as I couthe,That is lightest in mannes mouthe.I mad noght for no disours,Ne for no seggers, no harpours,Bot for the luf of symple menThat strange Inglis can not ken.
Ye knowe eek, that in forme of speche is chaunge Withinne a thousand yeer, and wordes tho That hadden prys, now wonder nyce and straunge Us thinketh hem; and yet they spake hem so, And spedde as wel in love as men now do; Eek for to winne love in sondry ages, In sondry londes, sondry ben usages.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