The Concordance
 
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Mel 967 A yong man called Melibeus, myghty and riche, bigat upon his wyf, that called was Prudence,0
Mel 967A a doghter which that called was Sophie. 2
Mel 968 Upon a day bifel that he for his desport is went into the feeldes hym to pleye.2
Mel 973A lyk a mad man rentynge his clothes, gan to wepe and crie. 10
Mel 977 " He is a fool that destourbeth the mooder to wepen in the deeth of hire child16
Mel 977A til she have wept hir fille as for a certein tyme, 16
Mel 979A for to wepe and crie as for a certein space, 20
Mel 980A " Allas, my lord, " quod she, " why make ye youreself for to be lyk a fool?22
Mel 981 For sothe it aperteneth nat to a wys man to maken swich a sorwe. 24
Mel 981 For sothe it aperteneth nat to a wys man to maken swich a sorwe. 24
Mel 986A that hath so greet a cause for to wepe? 32
Mel 996 He seith eek thus, that sorwe in herte sleeth ful many a man. 48
Mel 999A and in his body endured and receyved ful many a grevous tribulacion, yet seyde he thus:54
Mel 1004 Thanne, by the conseil of his wyf Prudence, this Melibeus leet callen a greet congregacion of folk,62
Mel 1009 And by the manere of his speche it semed that in herte he baar a crueel ire,70
Mel 1011 A surgien, by licence and assent of swiche as weren wise, up roos 72
Mel 1016 Almoost right in the same wise the phisiciens answerden, save that they seyden a fewe woordes moore:82
Mel 1022A is a ful hevy thyng and an heigh matiere, 92
Mel 1025 for the whiche resouns it were a ful greet peril to erren in this matiere.96
Mel 1026A in kepynge of thy propre persone in swich a wise 98
Mel 1031 And eek men seyn that thilke juge is wys that soone understondeth a matiere and juggeth by leyser;106
Mel 1038 " Lordynges, " quod he, " ther is ful many a man that crieth `Werre, werre!'124
Mel 1041 For soothly, whan that werre is ones bigonne, ther is ful many a child unborn of his mooder128
Mel 1045 For Jhesus Syrak seith that " musik in wepynge is a noyous thyng " ; this is to seyn:134
Mel 1055A for many causes and resouns. For certes, every wight wolde holde me thanne a fool;154
Mel 1057A For `of a thousand men,' seith Salomon, `I foond o good man, but certes,158
Mel 1066A to perfourne thilke same emprise by juste cause, men sholde nat seyn therfore that ye were a liere ne forsworn.176
Mel 1073 And, sire, that ther hath been many a good womman may lightly be preved.190
Mel 1074 For certes, sire, oure Lord Jhesu Crist wolde nevere have descended to be born of a womman,190
Mel 1075B appeered rather to a womman than to his Apostles. 194
Mel 1077A many another man hath founden many a womman ful good and trewe. 198
Mel 1083 For soothly thilke man that asketh conseil of a purpos, yet hath he free choys210
Mel 1084A wot noght, as who seith that a womman kan nat hyde that she woot;212
Mel 1086 of whiche wommen men seyn that thre thynges dryven a man out of his hous --214
Mel 1087A `it were bettre dwelle in desert than with a womman that is riotous.'218
Mel 1095A many a womman hath ben ful good, and yet been, and hir conseils ful hoolsome and profitable.230
Mel 1097 But al be it so that ful many a womman is badde and hir conseil vile and noght worth,232
Mel 1097A yet han men founde ful many a good womman, and ful discret and wis in conseillynge.234
Mel 1102 And the same bountee in good conseillyng of many a good womman may men telle.242
Mel 1104 `It is nat good to been a man alloone; make we to hym an helpe semblable to hymself.'244
Mel 1107 And ther seyde oones a clerk in two vers, `What is bettre than gold? Jaspre.248
Mel 1108 And what is better than wisedoom? Womman. And what is bettre than a good womman? Nothyng.'250
Mel 1131 And trust wel that a coveitous man ne kan noght deme ne thynke, 282
Mel 1134 ye ne may nat deeme for the beste by a sodeyn thought that falleth in youre herte,286
Mel 1148 But nathelees, if thou wene sikerly that the biwreiyng of thy conseil to a persone wol make306
Mel 1158 For Salomon seith that `right as the herte of a man deliteth in savour that is soote,320
Mel 1160 for certes gold ne silver ben nat so muche worth as the goode wyl of a trewe freend.'322
Mel 1161 And eek he seith that `a trewe freend is a strong deffense; who so that it fyndeth,324
Mel 1161A certes he fyndeth a greet tresour.' 324
Mel 1166 And thanne shul ye kepe this for a general reule: First shul ye clepen to youre conseil334
Mel 1166A a fewe of youre freendes that been especiale; 334
Mel 1167 for Salomon seith, `Manye freendes have thou, but among a thousand chese thee oon to be thy conseillour.'336
Mel 1168 For al be it so that thou first ne telle thy conseil but to a fewe,336
Mel 1173 First, ye shul eschue the conseillyng of fooles; for Salomon seith, `Taak no conseil of a fool,346
Mel 1174 The book seith that `the propretee of a fool is this: he troweth lightly harm of every wight,348
Mel 1178 Salomon seith that `the wordes of a flaterere is a snare to cacche with innocentz.'356
Mel 1178 Salomon seith that `the wordes of a flaterere is a snare to cacche with innocentz.'356
Mel 1179A setteth a net biforn his feet to cacche hym.' 358
Mel 1191 And therfore seith a philosophre in this wise: 376
Mel 1196 For Cassidorie seith that `it is a manere sleighte to hyndre, 384
Mel 1212 thanne shaltou considere if thou mayst parfourne it and maken of it a good ende.410
Mel 1213 For certes resoun wol nat that any man sholde bigynne a thyng 410
Mel 1214 ne no wight sholde take upon hym so hevy a charge that he myghte nat bere it.412
Mel 1217 And if so be that thou be in doute wheither thou mayst parfourne a thing or noon,418
Mel 1218 And Piers Alphonce seith, `If thou hast myght to doon a thyng of which thou most repente,420
Mel 1220 Thanne may ye understonde by strenger resons that if thou hast power to parfourne a werk422
Mel 1221 Wel seyn they that defenden every wight to assaye a thyng of which he is in doute424
Mel 1224 Soothly, a man may chaungen his purpos and his conseil if the cause cesseth,430
Mel 1224A or whan a newe caas bitydeth. 432
Mel 1231 " And take this for a general reule, that every conseil that is affermed so strongly that it may nat440
Mel 1239A be called a conseillyng, but a mocioun or a moevyng of folye, 454
Mel 1239A be called a conseillyng, but a mocioun or a moevyng of folye, 454
Mel 1239A be called a conseillyng, but a mocioun or a moevyng of folye, 454
Mel 1240 in which conseil ye han erred in many a sondry wise. 454
Mel 1242 For ye sholde first have cleped a fewe folk to youre conseil, and after ye myghte han shewed it456
Mel 1243 But certes, ye han sodeynly cleped to youre conseil a greet multitude of peple,458
Mel 1253 whereas in so greet and so heigh a nede it hadde been necessarie mo conseillours474
Mel 1258 And sith ye woot wel that men shal alwey fynde a gretter nombre of fooles than of wise men,484
Mel 1280 that right as they han doon me a contrarie, right so sholde I doon hem another.514
Mel 1307 for ther nys noon so good a phisicien as thy trewe freend.' 550
Mel 1309 For Piers Alfonce seith, `Ne taak no compaignye by the weye of a straunge man,554
Mel 1309A but if so be that thou have knowe hym of a lenger tyme. 554
Mel 1312 and if he bereth a spere, hoold thee on the right syde, 558
Mel 1312A and if he bere a swerd, hoold thee on the lift syde.' 560
Mel 1326 And the book seith, `A litel thorn may prikke a kyng ful soore, 578
Mel 1336A and whan that they been accompliced, yet be they nat worth a stree,594
Mel 1337 And understoond wel that the gretteste and strongeste garnysoun that a riche man may have,596
Mel 1339 For thus seith Tullius, that `ther is a manere garnysoun 600
Mel 1340 a lord to be biloved of his citezeins and of his peple.' 602
Mel 1360 For Tullius put a thyng which that he clepeth `consentynge'; this is to seyn,626
Mel 1367 for certes ye ne han no child but a doghter, 636
Mel 1375 yet nathelees youre kynrede nys but a fer kynrede; they been but litel syb to yow,644
Mel 1403 For we shul suppose that they shul come to a wikked ende, 682
Mel 1430 a man wolde nevere take vengeance, and that were harm; 716
Mel 1435 And yet seye I moore, that right as a singuler persone synneth in takynge vengeance of another man,720
Mel 1444 " A, " quod Melibee, " this vengeance liketh me no thyng. 732
Mel 1445A and hath holpen me to passe many a stroong paas. 734
Mel 1455 For Senec seith, `What man that is norissed by Fortune, she maketh hym a greet fool.'746
Mel 1463A thou sompnest thyne adversaries to do thee a newe vileynye.' 758
Mel 1472 they sompne nat a man al oonly for to do newe wronges, but they comanden it.768
Mel 1473 Also a wys man seith that `the juge that correcteth nat the synnere comandeth and biddeth hym do synne.'770
Mel 1481 " Forthermoore, ye knowen wel that after the comune sawe, `it is a woodnesse a man to stryve780
Mel 1481 " Forthermoore, ye knowen wel that after the comune sawe, `it is a woodnesse a man to stryve780
Mel 1481A with a strenger or a moore myghty man than he is hymself, 780
Mel 1481A with a strenger or a moore myghty man than he is hymself, 780
Mel 1482 and for to stryve with a man of evene strengthe -- that is to seyn,782
Mel 1482A with as strong a man as he is -- it is peril, 782
Mel 1483 and for to stryve with a weyker man, it is folie.' 784
Mel 1484 And therfore sholde a man flee stryvynge as muchel as he myghte. 784
Mel 1485 For Salomon seith, `It is a greet worshipe to a man to kepen hym fro noyse and stryf.'786
Mel 1485 For Salomon seith, `It is a greet worshipe to a man to kepen hym fro noyse and stryf.'786
Mel 1486 And if it so bifalle or happe that a man of gretter myght and strengthe786
Mel 1488A that stryveth with a gretter man than he is hymself.' 790
Mel 1489 And Catoun seith, `If a man of hyer estaat or degree, or moore myghty than thou,792
Mel 1497 And Seint Gregorie seith that `whan a man considereth wel the nombre of his defautes and of his synnes,802
Mel 1503 for he dide nevere synne, ne nevere cam ther a vileyns word out of his mouth.810
Mel 1509 and the joye that a man seketh to have by pacience in tribulaciouns is perdurable,816
Mel 1512 For Salomon seith that `the doctrine and the wit of a man is knowen by pacience.'822
Mel 1517 And therfore seith Seint Jame in his Epistle that `pacience is a greet vertu of perfeccioun.' " 828
Mel 1518 " Certes, " quod Melibee, " I graunte yow, dame Prudence, that pacience is a greet vertu of perfeccioun;830
Mel 1522A to do me a vileynye in takynge vengeance upon me, 834
Mel 1524A though I putte me in a litel peril for to venge me, 838
Mel 1525 and though I do a greet excesse; that is to seyn, that I venge oon outrage by another. " 838
Mel 1526 " A, " quod dame Prudence, " ye seyn youre wyl and as yow liketh, 840
Mel 1527 but in no caas of the world a man sholde nat doon outrage ne excesse for to vengen hym.840
Mel 1532 And if ye seye that right axeth a man to defenden violence by violence and fightyng by fightyng,848
Mel 1535 And it bihoveth that a man putte swich attemperance in his deffense850
Mel 1540 " Certes, " quod Melibee, " I graunte yow that whan a man is inpacient and wrooth of that858
Mel 1543 For right as he that taketh a straunge hound by the eris is outherwhile biten with the hound,864
Mel 1554 For right as the body of a man may nat lyven withoute the soule, 880
Mel 1555 And by richesses may a man gete hym grete freendes. 882
Mel 1556 And therfore seith Pamphilles: `If a net-herdes doghter,' seith he, `be riche,884
Mel 1556A she may chesen of a thousand men which she wol take to hir housbonde,884
Mel 1557 for, of a thousand men, oon wol nat forsaken hire ne refusen hire.'886
Mel 1558A if thou be right riche -- thou shalt fynde a greet nombre of felawes and freendes.888
Mel 1563 for greet poverte constreyneth a man to do manye yveles. 894
Mel 1567 whan a free man by kynde or of burthe is constreyned by poverte 898
Mel 1568A `sorweful and myshappy is the condicioun of a povre beggere; 902
Mel 1577 For a man that is to desirynge to gete richesses abaundoneth hym 914
Mel 1579 He seith also that `the richesse that hastily cometh to a man soone916
Mel 1579A and lightly gooth and passeth fro a man, 918
Mel 1585A that may falle unto a man, is so muchel agayns 926
Mel 1586 nature as a man to encressen his owene profit to the harm of another man.926
Mel 1589 For Salomon seith that `ydelnesse techeth a man to do manye yveles.'930
Mel 1593 For ther is a versifiour seith that `the ydel man excuseth hym in wynter by cause934
Mel 1599 in swich a manere that men holde yow nat to scars, ne to sparynge, ne to fool-large944
Mel 1599A -- that is to seyen, over-large a spendere. 944
Mel 1603 in swich a manere that men have no matiere ne cause to calle thee neither wrecche ne chynche,948
Mel 1604 for it is a greet shame to a man to have a povere herte and a riche purs.'950
Mel 1604 for it is a greet shame to a man to have a povere herte and a riche purs.'950
Mel 1604 for it is a greet shame to a man to have a povere herte and a riche purs.'950
Mel 1604 for it is a greet shame to a man to have a povere herte and a riche purs.'950
Mel 1611 For a wys man repreveth the avaricious man, and seith thus in two vers:958
Mel 1612 `Wherto and why burieth a man his goodes by his grete avarice, 958
Mel 1620 as wel sholde ye kepe yow and governe yow in swich a wise that men calle yow nat fool-large.968
Mel 1628 For after the word of Salomon, `It is bettre to have a litel good with the love of God978
Mel 1630 And the prophete seith that `bettre it is to been a good man and have litel good and tresour980
Mel 1631 than to been holden a shrewe and have grete richesses.' 982
Mel 1635 And the wise man seith, `The substance of a man is ful good, 986
Mel 1638 For Salomon seith that `bettre it is and moore it availleth a man to have a good name990
Mel 1638 For Salomon seith that `bettre it is and moore it availleth a man to have a good name990
Mel 1641 And certes he sholde nat be called a gentil man that after God and good conscience, alle thynges left,996
Mel 1642 And Cassidore seith that `it is signe of a gentil herte 998
Mel 1642A whan a man loveth and desireth to han a good name.' 998
Mel 1642A whan a man loveth and desireth to han a good name.' 998
Mel 1647A and rekketh noght though he kepe nat his goode name, nys but a crueel cherl.1004
Mel 1651 And therfore seith a philosophre, `That man that desireth and wole algates han werre, shal nevere have suffisaunce,1010
Mel 1653 And Salomon seith that `the gretter richesses that a man hath, the mo despendours he hath.'1012
Mel 1659 whan he sholde fighte agayn his adversarie that hadde a gretter nombre1020
Mel 1659A and a gretter multitude of folk and strenger than was this peple of Machabee,1022
Mel 1661 `Als lightly,' quod he, `may oure Lord God Almyghty yeve victorie to a fewe folk as to many folk,1024
Mel 1662 for the victorie of a bataile comth nat by the grete nombre of peple,1024
Mel 1669 for as lightly is oon hurt with a spere as another'; 1034
Mel 1670 and for ther is gret peril in werre, therfore sholde a man flee and eschue werre,1034
Mel 1670A in as muchel as a man may goodly. 1036
Mel 1681 " A, " quod Melibee, " now se I wel that ye loven nat myn honour ne my worshipe.1048
Mel 1707 For Salomon seith, `He is moore worth that repreveth or chideth a fool for his folye,1078
Mel 1709A `by the sorweful visage of a man' 1082
Mel 1709B (that is to seyn by the sory and hevy contenaunce of a man) 1084
Mel 1727 thinkinge how she myghte brynge this nede unto a good conclusioun and to a good ende.1104
Mel 1727 thinkinge how she myghte brynge this nede unto a good conclusioun and to a good ende.1104
Mel 1728 And whan she saugh hir tyme, she sente for thise adversaries to come unto hire into a pryvee place1104
Mel 1731 and seyde to hem in a goodly manere hou that hem oughten have greet repentaunce1108
Mel 1735 " A, lady, " quod they, " ye han shewed unto us the blessynge of swetnesse,1112
Mel 1749 that he wole enjoyne us swich a peyne as we mowe nat bere ne susteene.1128
Mel 1753 that a man putte hym al outrely in the arbitracioun and juggement,1132
Mel 1758 by a strenger resoun he deffendeth and forbedeth a man to yeven hymself to his enemy.1140
Mel 1758 by a strenger resoun he deffendeth and forbedeth a man to yeven hymself to his enemy.1140
Mel 1783 For the lawe seith, `Ther nys no thyng so good by wey of kynde as a thyng1170
Mel 1817A of so greet a lord and so worthy as ye been. 1212
Mel 1818A and agilt in swich a wise agayn youre heigh lordshipe 1214
Mel 1829 and assigned hem a certeyn day to retourne unto his court 1226
Mel 1836 " Certes, " quod dame Prudence, " this were a crueel sentence and muchel agayn resoun.1234
Mel 1838 and ye myghte lightly in this wise gete yow a coveitous name, 1236
Mel 1839 which is a vicious thyng, and oghte been eschued of every good man.1236
Mel 1843 And everi man oghte to doon his diligence and his bisynesse to geten hym a good name.1242
Mel 1846 For it is writen that `the olde good loos or good name of a man is soone goon1244
Mel 1860 And Tullius seith, `Ther is no thyng so comendable in a greet lord1262
Mel 1863 in swich a manere that youre goode name may be kept and conserved,1264
Mel 1873A that hym sente a wyf of so greet discrecioun. 1276