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;
909 Or who hath yow mysboden or offended?
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,
1008 After the bataille and disconfiture.
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.
1208 In swich a gyse as I you tellen shal.
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;
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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