Translations of Basic Vocabulary
(Part I, Lines 1-157 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.


5 Which is a thyng that causeth more dispence

15 And if that he noght may, par aventure,
      can not, is not able

26 I trowe a thritty wynter he was oold --
      believe, suppose

30 Sith that hir firste knoweliche bigan,

48 He yaf the lord, and sitthe al his meynee,

57 For which he hath to Parys sent anon

63 Hath of his abbot, as hym list, licence,
      as he desired (lit., as it pleased him)

72 And volatyl, as ay was his usage.
      ever, always

79 Of thilke yeer how that it with hym stood,
      that same

86 And eek he nolde that no man sholde hym lette
      (nolde = ne wolde), would not, did not want

99 "What eyleth yow so rathe for to ryse?"

110 And with that word he lough ful murily,

114 "Nay, cosyn myn, it stant nat so with me;
      (stant = stondeth), stands

117 That lasse lust hath to that sory pley.
      less desire

128 Paraventure I may, in youre meschief,

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