Glosses for quiz #1 of the Prioress's Tale

(Lines VII.453-564)

Compare your translations with the glossed text

458 Parfourned is, for on the brest soukynge
   soukynge: suckling

459 Somtyme shewen they thyn heriynge.
   heriynge: praise

466 Of bountee, next hir Sone, and soules boote.
   soules boote: remedy for the soul

468 O bussh unbrent, brennynge in Moyses sighte,
   unbrent: unburned

489 Amonges Cristene folk a Jewerye,
   Jewerye: ghetto

491 For foule usure and lucre of vileynye,
   usure: usury  lucre of vileynye: shameful (excessive) profits

495 A litel scole of Cristen folk ther stood
   scole: school

503 A litel clergeon, seven yeer of age,
   clergeon: schoolboy

504 That day by day to scole was his wone,
   wone: custom

517 As he sat in the scole at his prymer,
   prymer: elementary school book

519 As children lerned hire antiphoner;
   antiphoner: book of antiphonal hymns

523 Noght wiste he what this Latyn was to seye,
    wiste: knew  seye: mean

526 T'expounden hym this song in his langage,
   t'expounden: to interpret

529 Ful often tyme upon his knowes bare.
   knowes: knees

533 Hire to salue, and eek hire for to preye
   salue: greet

536 I lerne song; I kan but smal grammeere."
   kan smal grammeere: know but little grammar

540 To konne it al er Cristemasse be went.
   konne: learn

541 Though that I for my prymer shal be shent
   shent: scolded

560 Up swal, and seide, "O Hebrayk peple, allas!
   swal: swelled

562 That swich a boy shal walken as hym lest
   boy: brat    hym lest: he pleases (lit. it pleases him)

563 In youre despit, and synge of swich sentence,
      sentence: subject, meaning

To grade yourself give 5 points for each correct answer (there are twenty lines in all). If you get a total of 80 or better, you did well (if you got a hundred you did great!). If you got a total of 75 points or less, you should go back and read carefully through this part of the Prioress's Tale, paying close attention to meaning and availing yourself of the page glosses, the explanatory notes, and the glossary. Then continue your reading of this tale.

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