The Wife of Bath Speaks


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"Men may conseile a womman to be oon,

But conseiling nis no comandement.

He putte it in in oure owene juggement.

For hadde God comanded maidenhede,

Thanne hadde he dampned wedding with the deede;

And certes, if there were no seed ysowe,

Virginitee, thanne whereof shold it growe?"