Syngynge he was, or floytynge, al the day;
He was as fressh as is the month of May.

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


(He was singing or playing the flute all day long / He was as fresh as the month of May.)

A conspicuous simile. The Squire contrasts the battle-hardened Knight, whose chain mail is rusting, by personifying the new growth of Spring. He is only twenty, after all.

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