Trouthe is the hyest thyng that man may kepe.
Ye been oure lord, dooth with youre owene thyng Right as yow list.
Abstinence is whereby a man refraineth from any thyng which he may lawfully take.
What maketh this, but Juppiter the kyng, That is prince and cause of alle thyng Convertynge al unto his propre welle From which it is deryved, sooth to telle, And heer-agayns no creature on lyve Of no degree availleth for to strive. Thanne is it wysdom, as it thynketh me, To maken vertu of necessity, And take it weel, that we may nat eschue; And namely, that to us alle is due.Geoffrey Chaucer