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Geoffrey Chaucer (c. 1340–1400).  The Complete Poetical Works.  1894.
The Minor Poems
VIII. Chaucers Wordes unto Adam
His Owne Scriveyn.

ADAM scriveyn, if ever it thee bifalle
Boece or Troilus to wryten newe,
Under thy lokkes thou most have the scalle,
But after my making thou wryte trewe.
So ofte a daye I mot thy werk renewe,        5
Hit to correcte and eek to rubbe and scrape;
And al is through thy negligence and rape.

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