A holy-minded man of good renown There was, and poor, the Parson to a town. Wide was his parish, with houses far asunder, Yet he neglected not in rain or thunder, In sickness, or in grief, to pay a call On the remotest, whether great or small.
The Parson is, we think, Chaucers favourite character. Together with his brother the Plowman, Chaucer has nothing but good to say about the dear Parson, remarking on his care and interest in all his parishioners, whether rich or poor. As one of the religious Pilgrims, he is wearing a soft blue habit detailed with a broad leather belt and terracotta cowl.