When priestes failen in their saws,
And lordes turne Godde’s laws
Against the right;
And lechery is holden as privy solace,
And robbery as free purchase,
Beware then of ill!
Then shall the Land of Albion
Turne to confusion,
As sometime it befell.
Ora pro Anglia Sancta Maria, quod Thomas Cantuaria.
Sweet Jesus, heaven’s King,
Fair and best of all thing,
You bring us out of this mourning,
To come to thee at our ending!
Born: 1343, London, UK
Died: 25 October 1400, London, UK
Chaucer was a poet and author of the 14th century. He is considered the greatest English poet of the Middle Ages, best known for ‘The Canterbury Tales’. He is often referred to as the ‘father of English Literature’ or the ‘father of English poetry’. He was the first writer to be interred in Poets’ Corner at Westminster Abbey, London, UK. Chaucer is also known as a philosopher and astronomer, and composed the scientific A Treatise on the Astrolabe for his young son Lewis. Chaucer also maintained a career in the civil service as a bureaucrat, courtier, diplomat and a member of parliament