The General Prologue, The Miller's Portrait

Read by Alfred David
as edited by E. Talbot Donaldson
in The Norton Anthology of English Literature
(II. 547-559 in Norton; II. 545-557 in The Riverside Chaucer)

The General Prologue, The Miller's Portrait

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The Millere was a stout carl for the nones.
Ful big he was of brawn and eek of bones--
That preved wel, for over al ther he cam
At wrastling he wolde have alway the ram.
He was short-shuldred, brood, a thikke knarre.
Ther was no dore that he nolde heve of harre,
Or breke it at a renning with his heed.
His beerd as any sowe or fox was reed,
And therto brood, as though it were a spade;
Upon the cop right of his nose he hadde
A werte, and theron stood a tuft of heres
Rede as the bristles of a sowes eres.
His nosethirles blake were and wide.