This worthy man ful wel his wit bisette;
Ther wiste no wight that he was in dette,
(= This worthy man used his wits to the full / There was no-one who knew that he was in debt)
A surprisingly frank couplet, here, as Chaucer makes it clear that the Merchant used his intelligence to conceal his debts.
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