The hooly blisful martir for to seke,
That hem hath holpen whan that they were seeke.
The ‘hooly blisful martir’ was Thomas à Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, who was murdered by followers of Henry II in his cathedral on the 29th December, 1170. He was canonized soon after in 1173.
These two lines have a rime riche, or identical rhyme, very much admired in Old French and Middle English poetry. Chaucer was really ballin' when he write this opening. Let’s just forget the astrology, yeah?
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