"Some time ago there was a rich old codger" named John with his young wife Alison, and "who took a lodger," Nicholas the Gallant.
Nicholas had a crush on Alison but she resented him.
"I'll die of secret love".
"No, I won't kiss you!"
Although she resented him at first, she decided she would rather love him, a young man, over her older husband.
There was another young man named Absalon. He was very very smitten with Alison. Absalon continuously tried to win her over.
"Now dearest lady, if they pleasure be / In thoughts of love, think tenderly of me!"
Nicholas and Alison "agreed at last in what was to be done" so that they could be together. Nicholas told John to prepare a flood as great as the one Noah of the Ark experienced.
"I have found out by my astrology"
Absalon goes to Alison when she is with Nicholas so Nicholas plays a nasty trick on him.
"I'll pay you back for it!"
The second time Nicholas tried to trick Absalon, Absalon poked him with a hot poker. This woke John from his sleep while waiting for the flood and sent him crashing down to the ground where everyone laughed at him.