Geoffrey Chaucer

(c. 1343 – 25 October 1400 / London, England)

Gentilesse - Poem by Geoffrey Chaucer

The firste stok, fader of gentilesse --
What man that desireth gentil for to be
Must folowe his trace, and alle his wittes dresse
Vertu to love and vyces for to flee.
For unto vertu longeth dignitee
And noght the revers, saufly dar I deme,
Al were he mytre, croune, or diademe.

This firste stok was ful of rightwisnesse,
Trewe of his word, sobre, pitous, and free,
Clene of his gost, and loved besinesse,
Ayeinst the vyce of slouthe, in honestee;
And, but his heir love vertu as dide he,
He is noght gentil, thogh he riche seme,
Al were he mytre, croune, or diademe.

Vyce may wel be heir to old richesse,
But ther may no man, as men may wel see,
Bequethe his heir his vertuous noblesse
(That is appropred unto no degree
But to the firste fader in magestee,
That maketh hem his heyres that him queme),


Comments about Gentilesse by Geoffrey Chaucer

  • Freshman - 625 Points Alpeshkumar Natubhai Makwana (8/15/2015 9:21:00 AM)

    This poem is about how christ is different in aspect of nobility; gentility and; graciousness from man. Even a highthinking man sans rever be a smart but not lord. (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 12,552 Points Edgar Stevens (8/15/2015 7:35:00 AM)

    this is a meaningful poem.. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 8,377 Points Ramesh T A (8/15/2015 2:50:00 AM)

    Chaucer's verse flows like a smooth river highlighting the virtue of love as the noble virtue in this poem! (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, May 13, 2001

Poem Edited: Sunday, May 13, 2001


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