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

 

Here are more examples of common words that you will frequently encounter in Chaucer's texts. Jot down your translation of each of the bold-faced words in the lines below:
159 Ful lief were me this conseil for to hyde,

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

182 Yet were me levere that I were unborn

193 And but I do, God take on me vengeance

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

224 "Wyf," quod this man, "litel kanstow devyne

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,

248 Of silver in thy purs shaltow nat faille."

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."

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.

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