The peasant in his proverb says
that a scorned object often is
truly a prize and a windfall;
so if a man is wise at all,
he makes good use of what he knows.
If he’s assiduous, he shows
he uses what he has: he works;
for he who’s negligent, and shirks
such duty, overlooks some treasure,
often, that would have given pleasure.
This is why Chrétien de Troyës
urges what’s right; and why he says
Think! Spare no effort! Learn fair speech,
Learn how to well and truly teach.
A tale ofavanturehe’ll tell,
beautifully joined and crafted...