A good Wif was ther of biside Bathe,
But she was somdeel deef, and that was scathe.
A thousand time arewe he gan hire kisse,
And she obeyed him in every thing
That mighte do him plesance or liking.
And thus they live unto hir lives ende
In parfit joye. And Jesu Crist us sende
Housbondes meeke, yonge, and fresshe abedde-
And grace t'overbide hem that we wedde.
And eek I praye Jesu shorte hir lives
That nought wol be governed by hir wives,
And olde and angry nigardes of dispence-
God sende hem soone a verray pestilence!