Womanly Noblesse

By Geoffrey Chaucer

WomNobl 1 So hath myn herte caught in remembraunce
WomNobl 2 Your beaute hoole and stidefast governaunce,
WomNobl 3 Your vertues al and yowre hie noblesse,
WomNobl 4 That you to serve is set al my plesaunce.
WomNobl 5 So wel me liketh your womanly contenaunce,
WomNobl 6 Your fresshe fetures and your comlynesse,
WomNobl 7 That whiles I live myn hert to his maystresse
WomNobl 8 You hath ful chose in trewe perseveraunce
WomNobl 9 Never to chaunge, for no maner distresse.
WomNobl 10 And sith I shal do [you] this observaunce,
WomNobl 11 Al my lif withouten displesaunce
WomNobl 12 You for to serve with al my besynesse,
WomNobl 13 And have me somwhat in your souvenaunce.
WomNobl 14 My woful herte suffreth greet duresse,
WomNobl 15 And [loke] how humbly with al symplesse
WomNobl 16 My wil I conforme to your ordynaunce,
WomNobl 17 As you best list, my peynes for to redresse.
WomNobl 18 Considryng eke how I hange in balaunce
WomNobl 19 In your service, such, lo, is my chaunce,
WomNobl 20 Abidyng grace, whan that your gentilnesse
WomNobl 21 Of my grete wo liste do alleggeaunce,
WomNobl 22 And with your pite me som wise avaunce
WomNobl 23 In ful rebatyng of myn hevynesse;
WomNobl 24 And thynketh by resoun that wommanly noblesse
WomNobl 25 Shuld nat desire for to do the outrance
WomNobl 26 Ther as she fyndeth non unbuxumnesse.
WomNobl 27 Auctour of norture, lady of plesaunce,
WomNobl 28 Soveraigne of beautee, floure of wommanhede,
WomNobl 29 Take ye non hede unto myn ignoraunce,
WomNobl 30 But this receyveth of your goodlihede,
WomNobl 31 Thynkyng that I have caught in remembraunce,
WomNobl 32 Your beaute hole, your stidefast governaunce.