Test your basic vocabulary
(Part III, Lines 307-434 of the Shipman's Tale)

 

Here is an almost final set of common words that frequently appear in Chaucer's text. (Again, consult the interlinear translation as necessary.

Jot down your translation of each of the bold-faced words in the lines below:

306 He let his lyf, and there I lete hym dwelle.

311 Ne no wight elles, that he nas ful fayn

316 Have hire in his armes bolt upright;      

324 Or where hym list; namoore of hym I seye.

326 To Seint-Denys he gan for to repaire,

339 But for to wite and seen of his welfare,

343 And he hym tolde agayn, ful specially,

349 Daun John answerde, "Certes, I am fayn

354 Lente me gold; and as I kan and may,

367 To certeyn Lumbardes, redy in hir hond,

373 His wyf ful redy mette hym atte gate,

375 And al that nyght in myrthe they bisette

385 And woot ye why? By God, as that I gesse

390 By redy token; and heeld hym yvele apayed,

403 I kepe nat of his tokenes never a deel;

407 That he hadde yeve it me bycause of yow

422 As be nat wrooth, but lat us laughe and pleye.

427 This marchant saugh ther was no remedie,

430 "Now wyf," he seyde, "and I foryeve it thee;

432 Keep bet thy good, this yeve I thee in charge."      

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