Translations of basic vocabulary
(Part II, Lines 158-306 of the Shipman's Tale)


Here are the glosses for the words on the quiz. Again, if the meaning is obscure even with the gloss, check the lines in the interlinear translation (use the search button on your browser -- Control F in netscape -- and search for the line numbers); then use the back button to return here.


159 Ful lief were me this conseil for to hyde,
      I would very much like (lit. very pleasing it would be for me)

172 But yet me greveth moost his nygardye.

177 And buxom unto his wyf and fressh abedde.

180 A Sonday next I moste nedes paye
      must of necessity

182 Yet were me levere that I were unborn
      I would rather (lit. would be more pleasing to me)

193 And but I do, God take on me vengeance
      And if

198 That I yow swere, and plighte yow my trouthe,
      pledged word

224 "Wyf," quod this man, "litel kanstow devyne
      can you (canst thou)

227 And by that lord that clepid is Seint Yve,

238 Of hap and fortune in oure chapmanhede.

243 And for to kepe oure good be curious,
      careful, painstaking

248 Of silver in thy purs shaltow nat faille."
      you shall not (thou shalt not) lack

250 And doun he gooth, no lenger wolde he lette.

269 "O thyng, er that ye goon, if it may be,

280 Graunt mercy of youre cost and of youre cheere."

291 Paye it agayn whan it lith in youre ese;

292 After my myght ful fayn wolde I yow plese."
      according to me power, ability

293 Thise hundred frankes he fette forth anon,

295 No wight in al this world wiste of this loone

306 He let his lyf, and there I lete hym dwelle.
      (let = ledeth), leads

Again, make a list of the words that you did not know and, if you missed a good many, read again lines 158-306 of The Shipman's Tale and then return here for another test on these lines.

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