Compare your translations with the glossed text:1904 Whan she comth hoom she rampeth in my face,
rampeth; shakes her fist
1911 That wol been overlad with every wight!
overlad: overborne, browbeaten
1952 Though he were shorn ful hye upon his pan,
1956 Of fieble trees ther comen wrecched ympes.
wreeched ympes: weak offshoots
2044 Out of a wang-tooth sprang anon a welle,
2074 Where-as they made hym at the queerne grynde.
2104 And made his hors to frete hym, flessh and boon;
2160 Sixty cubites long and sevene in brede,
2169 Ne myghte hym nat bireve of his estaat.
2213 And therfore God greet wreche upon hym sente,
2369 Now gaureth al the peple on hire, allas!
gaureth al the peple: everyone stares
2390 Broghte this worthy kyng in swich a brike.
2469 Were alle his clothes brouded up and doun,
2490 Be domesman of hire dede beautee.
2538 For fere almoost out of his wit he breyde,
breyde: suddenly moved, went
2560 For lesynge of richesse or libertee,
For lesynge: for fear of losing
2594 That he bad greithen his chaar ful hastily,
2624 Ful wlatsom was the stynk of his careyne;
wlatsom: loathsome careyne: body
2702 With boydekyns, as I shal yow devyse.
2712 And so wel lovede estaatly honestee,
estaatly honestee: dignified decorum
2721 That of this storie writen word and ende,
word and ende: beginning and end
2731 But swich a reyn doun fro the welkne shadde
2740 And eek a sweven upon a nyght he mette,
sweven: dream mette: dreamed
2748 Which that he knew in heigh sentence habounde,
in heigh sentence habounde: to abound in good judgment, wisdom
2764 With unwar strook the regnes that been proude;
unwar strook: unexpected stroke
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