Compare your translations with the glossed text:1272 In scole-matere greet difficultee.Back to Lesson 10 | Or use the back button on your browser to return to the previous page.
scole-matere; subject for debate at the universities
1306 Of diffamacioun, and avowtrye,
diffamacioun: slander avowtrye: adultery
1314 Ther myghte asterte hym no pecunyal peyne.
asterte: escape pecunyal peyne: monetary punishment, fine
1323 For subtilly he hadde his espiaille,
espaille: network of spies
1339 Hadde alwey bawdes redy to his hond,
1343 They weren his approwours prively.
1359 Thus was the wenche and he of oon assent,
of oon assent: agreed, in league together
1365 Thee thar namoore as in this cas travaille.
thar: need travaille: work, trouble yourself
1373 And for that was the fruyt of al his rente,
fruyt of al his rente: the best portion of his income
1380 A gay yeman, under a forest syde.
1386 Wher rydestow, under this grene-wode shawe?"
shawe: wood, thicket
1404 Everych in ootheres hand his trouthe leith,
trouthe: pledged word
1427 My lord is hard to me and daungerous,
1440 Ne of swiche japes wol I nat be shryven.
1467 A lowsy jogelour kan deceyve thee,
1509 And speke as renably and faire and wel
renably: readily, fluently
1568 The carl spak oo thing, but he thoghte another.
1572 This somonour to his brother gan to rowne:
1580 Wynne thy cost, taak heer ensample of me."
1587 Up peyne of cursyng, looke that thou be
Up peyne of cursyng: on pain of excommunication
1596 And answere there by my procuratour
1609 Kithe youre almesse on me, povre wrecche."
Kithe: show almesse: charity
1622 Unto the devel blak and rough of hewe
1649 Swiche peynes that youre hertes myghte agryse,
agryse: cause to tremble
1662 For Crist wol be youre champion and knyght.
champion: champion, representative in judicial duel
Award yourself 4 pints for each correct answer. If you got 80 or more, congratulations! If you had trouble (got less than 80 points), you should go back and read carefully through the Friar's Prologue and Tale, paying close attention to meaning and availing yourself of the page glosses, the explanatory notes, and the glossary.