Geoffrey Chaucer, "Prologue," Canterbury Tales
, lines 295-298, 301-302, 305, 310 (describing the clerk of Oxenford):
For hym was levere have at his beddes heed
Twenty bookes, clad in blak or reed,
Of Aristotle and his philosophie,
Than robes riche, or fithele, or gay sautrie.
But al that he myghte of his freendes hente,
On bookes and on lernynge he it spente.
Of studie took he moost cure and moost heede.
And gladly wolde he lerne and gladly teche.
In Nevill Coghill's modern version:
By his bed
He preferred having twenty books in red
And black, of Aristotle's philosophy,
To having fine clothes, fiddle or psaltery.
Whatever money from his friends he took
He spent on learning or another book.
His only care was study.
And gladly would he learn, and gladly teach.