The Cook's Tale


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  • There lived a 'prentice once, in our city And of the craft of victuallers was he;
  • For in the whole town was no apprentice who better knew the way to throw the dice than Perkin; and therefore he was right free with money. when in chosen company.
  • "Better take rotten apple from the hoard Than let it lie to spoil the good one there."
  • But at the last his master did take thought, upon a day, when he his ledger sought,
  • Therfore he freed and cast him loose to go his own road unto future care and woe
  • Anon he sent his bed and his array to one he knew, a fellow of his sort, who loved the dice and revels and all sport.
  • And had a wife that kept for countenance, a shop, and whored to gain her sustenance.
  • For a chance with his friend's wife he seeked Of want for his comrade's lady he reeked
  • Closer he grew to her ever so secretly.
  • She drew him in more with her beauty and seduction leading him ultimately to his destruction.
  • They both knowing that her attention would forever only be to share agreed on a bet for the only heart they lusted to spare
  • Though little they knew of this woman's ability to scramble
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