Gateway to the Classics: Oxford Book of English Verse, Part 1 by Arthur Quiller-Couch
Oxford Book of English Verse, Part 1 by  Arthur Quiller-Couch

Praise of Women

No thyng ys to man so dere

As wommanys love in gode manére.

A gode womman is mannys blys,

There her love right and stedfast ys.

There ys no solas under hevene

Of alle that a man may nevene

That shulde a man so moche glew

As a gode womman that loveth true.

Ne derer is none in Goddis hurde

Than a chaste womman with lovely worde.

— Robert Mannyng of Brunne

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