And eek as loude, as dooth the chapel belle,
Ther as this lord was kepere of the celle.
(= and also as loud as the chapel bells / Where this lord was keeper of the subordinate monastery.)
A mischievous comparison, the kind Chaucer loved to make. Rather than introduce chapel bells outright, of their own accord, Chaucer offers them as a point of comparison to the Monk’s bridle bells.
The effect is that the Monk’s riding gear is bumped up in our perception of him higher than the bells of his divine calling,
To help improve the meaning of these lyrics, visit “The Canterbury Tales (General Prologue)” by Geoffrey Chaucer and leave a comment on the lyrics box