Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts
by Christopher de Hamel
Chaucer himself had upbraided one of his scriveners for the poor job he had done in copying out Chaucerís words. In modern English, Chaucerís poem reads:
Adam, scrivener, if ever it happens to you to copy Boece or Troilus again, may you have scabs under your long hair unless you write mor accurately in accordance with my composition; I must redo your work so often in the day to correct it and also to erase and scrape, and all this is through your carelessness and haste.
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