Hoccleve's speaker concludes laconically about those who flatter him for his cash (and perhaps even about Prentys and Arondel), "I was the welcomere algate/And for a verray
gentil man yholde" (183-84).
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wommanly benignytee That Nature in youre principles hath set.
While you are reading, say, Chaucer, a verray
, parfit gentil
For sith that verray
hevene is boght so deere With tribulacion and greet penaunce, How sholde I thanne.
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mon tres loyal ami, Quant verray
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Who wrote the words: "He was a verray
, parfit gentil knyght.
The queene anon, for verray
wommanhede, Gan for to wepe, and so dide Emelye, And alle the ladyes in the compaignye.
In the House of Fame words miraculously take on the appearance of the man who spoke them, and so, analogously, does Caxton in his allographic imitation and signature assume the persona of Chaucer within his print shop in order to end his poem: "And hath so verray
his lyknesse/ That spak the word, that thou wilt gesse/ That it the same body be" (1079-1081).
He is the lame of God verray
/ That muste husfend from all our fray, / Borne of thy wombe, all for our pay / And for our chere" (263-69).