As help me Crist, as I in fewe yeres,
Have spent upon diverse manere freres
Ful many a pound; yet fare I never the bet.
Certeyn, my good have I almoost biset.
Farwel, my gold, for it is al ago!
– Geoffrey Chaucer
The Canterbury Tales, The Summoner’s Tale. Thomas claims to have given "many a pound" to various friars over a few years, yet he never fared the better for it. He is responding to Friar John’s request for money. Farewell my gold, he tells the Friar, for it is all gone!