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<Text id=Confessio> <Author>Gower, John</Author> <Title>Confessio Amantis</Title> <Edition>The Complete Works of John Gower. G. C. Macaulay, ed. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1901</Edition> <Date>1390-1393</Date> <body> <loc><locdoc>ConfessioP</locdoc> <div0 n=P> <l n=P.1>Of hem that writen ous tofore</l> <l n=P.2>The bokes duelle, and we therfore</l> <l n=P.3>Ben tawht of that was write tho:</l> <l n=P.4>Forthi good is that we also</l> <l n=P.5>In oure tyme among ous hiere</l> <l n=P.6>Do wryte of newe som matiere,</l> <l n=P.7>Essampled of these olde wyse</l> <l n=P.8>So that it myhte in such a wyse,</l> <l n=P.9>Whan we ben dede and elleswhere,</l> <l n=P.10>Beleve to the worldes eere</l> <l n=P.11>In tyme comende after this.</l> <l n=P.12>Bot for men sein, and soth it is,</l> <l n=P.13>That who that al of wisdom writ</l> <l n=P.14>It dulleth ofte a mannes wit</l> <l n=P.15>To him that schal it aldai rede,</l> <l n=P.16>For thilke cause, if that ye rede,</l> <l n=P.17>I wolde go the mi . . .
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