An allusion to the alliterative verse popular among the common folk, like that of “Piers Plowman.”
A view of Gower's tomb is in my "Piers Plowman," 1894, p. 46.
Priests are called 'goddes knyghtes' in Piers Plowman, B. xi.
For glimpses of the real poor, the poor poor, we must go to “Piers Plowman.”
Chaucer and Piers Plowman allude to this as a frequent indulgence.
Similar forms are beau filtz, dear son, Piers Plowman, B. vii.
The "Vision of Piers Plowman" is every way a singular production.
See the curious application of this text to the friars in Piers Plowman, B. xx.
We read in “Piers Plowman” that, while “poor gentle blood” is refused, “soapsellers and their sons for silver have been knights.”
The quotations from Chaucer and Piers Plowman have been used too often in "seasonable articles" to be repeated here.