Geoffrey Chaucer (1342-1400)
“Properly pasted was this miller’s head,
Pale-drunk he was, he’d passed the stage of red;
Hiccupping through his nose he talked and trolled
As if he’d asthma or a heavy cold.”
- From The Canterbury Tales (The Reeve’s Tale) by Geoffrey Chaucer, translated by Nevill Coghill (Penguin Classics, 2003).