Thanne longen folk to goon on pilgrimages,

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

Meaning

Spring has come to the world and people are ready to take pilgrimages to every shrine. Just like how Muslims take a pilgrimage to Mecca.

Humorous juxtaposition of randy birds and folks longing to go on pilgrimages: Chaucer subtly calls into question human motives and natural desires.

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