Glosses for Quiz on
The Clerk's Prologue and Tale

(Lines I.1-1212)

Compare your translations with the glossed text:

22 "Hooste," quod he, "I am under youre yerde;
      under youre yerde: under your authority

122 And deeth manaceth every age, and smyt
      smyt (= smyteth), smites, strikes

140 Wherfore we pray you hastily to wyve."
      wyve: take a wife

201 Hadden hir beestes and hir herbergage,
      herbergage: lodging

229 And ay she kepte hir fadres lyf on-lofte
      kepte ... on-lofte: sustained

270 And of his retenue the bachelrye,
      And the knights in his service

327 To be my wyf and reule hire after me.
      reule hire after me: conduct herself as I decide

348 But thise demandes axe I first," quod he,
      demandes: questions

422 Wedded with fortunat honestetee,
      honestetee: honor, virtue

455 Nedelees, God woot, he thoghte hire for t'affraye.
      t'affraye: to frighten

480 Unto my gentils ye be no thyng so.
      gentils: nobles

572 That beestes ne no briddes it torace."
      briddes: birds     torace: tear to pieces

628 The murmur sleeth myn herte and my corage,
      murmur: grumbling

706 Right so this markys fulliche hath purposed
      purposed: decided

797 That in greet lordshipe, if I wel avyse,
      wel avyse: judge rightly

817 Maken comparison; it is no nay.
      is no nay: can not be denied

886 But swich a smok as I was wont to were,
      smok: simple garment, undergarment

917 By dayes fele than at hire mariage.
      fele: many

976 And peyned hire to doon al that she myghte,
      peyned hire: took pains

997 Delitynge evere in rumbul that is newe,
      rumbul: rumor

1018 That no defaute no man aperceyveth,
      defaute: any fault

1095 That crueel houndes or som foul vermyne
      vermyne: animal pests

1103 The children from hire arm they gonne arace.
      arace: tear away

1124 Til on the welkne shoon the sterres lyght.
      welkne: sky

1168 With bras, that thogh the coyne be fair at ye,
      at ye: to look at

 

Score 4 points for each correct answer; if you made an 80 or more, congratulations. If you scored 76 or less, go back and again read carefully through of The Clerk's Prologue and Tale (I.1-1212), paying close attention to meaning and availing yourself of the page glosses, the explanatory notes, and the glossary.

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