|John Bartlett (18201905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.|
|AUTHOR:||Geoffrey Chaucer (c. 13401400)|
|QUOTATION:||For him was lever han at his beddes hed|
A twenty bokes, clothed in black or red,
Of Aristotle, and his philosophie,
Than robes riche, or fidel, or sautrie.
But all be that he was a philosophre,
Yet hadde he but litel gold in cofre.
|ATTRIBUTION:||Canterbury Tales. Prologue. Line 295.|