Glosses for quiz #1 of the Knight's Tale

(Lines I.859-1354)

Compare your translations with the glossed text:

859 Whilom, as olde stories tellen us,
      Whilom: once stories: histories

875 And certes, if it nere to long to heere,
      certes: certainly nere: (= ne were, were not heere: hear

885 But al that thyng I moot as now forbere.
      moot as now forbere: must now forgo

902 That herde swich another waymentynge;
      waymentynge: lamentation

909 Or who hath yow mysboden or offended?
      mysboden: injured

918 But we biseken mercy and socour.
      biseken: beseech, ask for

945 And wol nat suffren hem, by noon assent,
      suffren hem: allow them

957 And in his armes he hem alle up hente,
      hem alle up hente: picked them all up

963 How Creon was of Theseus yserved
      of Theseus yserved: served, treated by Theseus

972 And Emelye, hir yonge suster sheene,
      sheene: bright

1008 After the bataille and disconfiture.
      discomfiture: defeat

1024 Perpetuelly -- he nolde no raunsoun.
      nolde no raunsoun: would not accept any ransom

1032 For everemoore; ther may no gold hem quite.
      may ... hem quite: can ransom them

1040 Er it were day, as was hir wone to do,
      wone: custom, wont

1075 That thurgh a wyndow, thikke of many a barre
      thikke of: thick(ly set) with

1082 That art so pale and deedly on to see?
      on to see: to look upon

1101 I noot wher she be womman or goddesse,
      noot (=ne woot), know not wher: whether

1140 I woot right wel, thou darst it nat withseyn.
      darst it nat withseyn: dare not deny it

1154 And thou art fals, I telle thee outrely,
      outrely: utterly, flatly

1184 And soothly, leeve brother, this is al.
      leeve: dear

1208 In swich a gyse as I you tellen shal.
      gyse: manner

1216 Ther nas noon oother remedie ne reed;
      reed: course of action

1236 Ful blisfully in prison maistow dure --
      maistow dure: you can live

1265 And certes, in this world so faren we;
      certes: certainly

1278 Resouneth of his youlyng and clamour.
      Resouneth of: resounds with youlyng: howling

1334 Now wol I stynte of Palamon a lite,
      stynte of: cease (speaking) of

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