Therfore in stede of wepynge and preyéres
Men moote yeve silver to the povre freres.
(= Therefore, instead of weeping and prayers / Men must give silver to the poor friars)
Another blast of Chaucerian irony. It’s placed in a tight, syllogistic couplet, with the line break falling right in the centre of its two phrases, to underline the stupidity of the assertion (again, made by Chaucer the pilgrim).
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