The Man of Law #
Our social contract pretends that the little people are as important as all the elite. Is that the reality?
309 A SERGEANT OF THE LAWE, war and wys,
310 That often hadde been at the Parvys,
311 Ther was also, ful riche of excellence.
312 Discreet he was and of greet reverence –
313 He semed swich, his wordes weren so wise.
314 Justice he was ful often in assise,
315 By patente and by pleyn commissioun.
316 For his science and for his heigh renoun,
317 Of fees and robes hadde he many oon.
318 So greet a purchasour was nowher noon:
319 Al was fee symple to hym in effect;
320 His purchasyng myghte nat been infect.
321 Nowher so bisy a man as he ther nas,
322 And yet he semed bisier than he was.
323 In termes hadde he caas and doomes alle
324 That from the tyme of kyng William were falle.
325 Therto he koude endite and make a thyng,
326 Ther koude no wight pynche at his writyng;
327 And every statut koude he pleyn by rote.
328 He rood but hoomly in a medlee cote,
329 Girt with a ceint of silk, with barres smale;
330 Of his array telle I no lenger tale.