Man Of Law

The Man of Law #

Our social contract pretends that the little people are as important as all the elite.  Is that the reality? 

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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.

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