And whan he rood, men myghte his brydel heere
Gýnglen in a whistlynge wynd als cleere

from Geoffrey Chaucer – The Canterbury Tales (General Prologue) on Rap Genius


(= And when he rode, men could hear his bridle / Jingling in a whistling wind so clear)

The assonance of the repeated “i” sounds in “myght,” “brydel,” “Gynglen,” “whistlynge,” and “wynd” evoke the tinkling sound that the bells attached to his bridle (“brydel”) would make.

So fun! Then again, it seems like all that jingling (“gynglen”) might come into conflict with his love of hunting (“venerie”). Seems like the Monk is more interested in the appearance of doing things than the actual doing of things!

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