[And yaf a certeyn ferme for the graunt,
Noon of his brethren cam ther in his haunt;]

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


(= And [he] gave a particular fee for the grant / None of his brothers came to his haunt)

‘Graunt’ means a licence to beg without anyone else on the Friar’s territory— this couplet only appears in a few manuscripts; it’s probable that Chaucer took it out because it’s inaccurate. For all their vices, Friars didn’t really do stuff like this.

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