From ‘Piers Plowman’ by William Langland (1379)

“Yet he’s won the victory in the fight for all his vast wound, / For your champion jouster, the chief knight of you all, / Weeping admits himself worsted […] / For when this darkness is done, Death will be vanquished, / And you louts have lost, for Life shall have the victory; / And your unfettered freedom has fallen into servitude; / And you churls and your children shall achieve no prosperity, / Nor have lordship over land or have land to till, / But be all barren […]”

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