Ballade of Good Counsel

I would like you to meet Geoffrey, a friend of mine. Chaucer wrote a cool poem that still applies today. Perhaps more so today than ever before.


From A Pocket Book of Verse, Great English and American Poems, Ed. by M. E. Speare, Washington Square Press, Inc. NY 1940.


13 Responses

  1. interesting

  2. Yeah pexpress, that was one of my thoughts too. Welcome.

  3. This is good! I do love to read from some authors from the past 1300-1800, they may have been writing for us, they had less distractions, and seemed to be able to come to the Truth so much easier…don’t know, but I find it profound. thanks Ric

  4. Yeah Darla, I think Chaucer must have had a clear view of this fallen world.

  5. Great counsel! This is going into my Palm IIIxe. The problem with the version you gave was that is was in the form of a JPEG image. I found this HTML version, and copied it over.

  6. Cool Stuff angelbearoh! Thanks for the link.

  7. I’ve never read much Chaucer. Actually, and this is embarrassing to admit, my first glimpse of him was from the movie, A Knight’s Tale. And I really kinda doubt that was an accurate depiction.

    “Desire no more than to thy lot may fall.”

    Thanks, Ric. This truly spoke to me.

    “And Truth shall make thee free, there is no fear!”

    Good stuff.

  8. Good stuff. I think I’m going to cut an paste into a thread on my site. Thanks.

  9. I loved that movie Michelle! Glad you liked this little poem of his.

    Cool Christian. Cut-n-paste away.

  10. Hey Brotha Ric 🙂 I loved Chaucer! The Canterbury Tales were part of my HS English Lit class and I enjoyed it a lot. The Wife of Bath was a hoot. The term “housebound” for husband always tickled me. I hadn’t read this poem before though so thanks for sharing and taking me back. Love yah!

  11. Hey Braveone, happy to add to your Chaucer … especially with this poem.

  12. And you had the gall to say i was old for being friends with Robbie B!??

    Who’s the Old Man now huh? 😉

    How many who follow Christ read and pay mere lip service to these lines today?

    43 And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles.
    44 And all that believed were together, and had all things common;
    45 And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need.
    46 And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart,
    47 Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.

    There is no fear that exists anywhere outside of ourselves, only what we create within ourselves – The Fear of God is the Only one we should entertain as being real such that it should cause us to consider carefully (fearfully) all that which we chose to decide upon.


  13. Hey Love, Thanks for coming by and spending some time with my friend Jeff. Haha… I can’t keep up with you old man.

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