1053 fforto dispreisen, and to blame
1054 That best deserven love and name.
1055 Bifore the folk, hem to bigilen,
1056 These losengeris hem preyse, and smylen,
1057 And thus the world with word Anoynten;
1058 And aftirward they prile and poynten
1059 The folk right to the bare boon,
1060 Bihynde her bak whan they ben goon,
1061 And foule abate the folkis prys.
1062 fful many a worthy man ywys,
1063 An hundrid, have do to dye,
1064 These losengers, thorough flaterye;
1065 Have maad folk ful straunge be,
1066 There hem ought be pryve.
1067 Wel yvel mote they thryve and thee,
1068 And yvel achyued mote they be,
1069 These losengers, ful of envye!
1070 No good man loveth her companye.
1071 Richesse a robe of purpur on hadde,
1072 Ne trowe not that I lye or madde;
1073 ffor in this world is noon hir lyche,
1074 Ne by a thousand deell so riche,
1075 Ne noon so faire; for it ful well
1076 With orfrays leyd was everydeell,