And though that he were worthy, he was wys,
And of his port as meeke as is a mayde.
(= And although he was brave, he was intelligent. / And of his standing as modest as a maid.)
Lordy, Chaucer really loves this guy, huh? Honourable, an amazing soldier who only ever fought for his religion (and never for money), and to cap it all, he was intelligent and modest. It’s this kind of overstatement which can lead modern readers to think that Chaucer MUST be using a degree of irony— but this kind of description of a Knight, fulsome praise included, was fairly commonplace at the time.
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