Glosses for Quiz on The Second Nun's
Prologue and Tale

(Lines VIII.1-553)

Compare your translations with the glossed text:

12 Til that a man be hent right by the lappe,
      lappe: hem (of a garment)

40 Thow nobledest so ferforth oure nature,
      nobledest: ennobled

45 That of the tryne compas lord and gyde is,
      tryne compas: the threefold universe (earth, heaven, sea)

47 Ay heryen; and thou, Virgine wemmelees,
      heryen: praise     wemmelees: without blemish

60 That whelpes eten somme of the crommes alle
      crommes: crumbs

75 O havene of refut, O salvacioun
      refut: refuge

96 Of "hevene" and "Lia"; and heere, in figurynge,
      In figurynge; symbolically

101 Of sapience and for hire thewes cleere;
      thewes: morals

119 Now have I yow declared what she highte.
      highte: was called

140 Ay biddynge in hire orisons ful faste.
      biddynge: praying

192 "Sower of chaast conseil, hierde of us alle,
      hierde: shepherd

261 In soothnesse, or in dreem I herkne this?"
      soothnesse: truth

276 The world and eek hire chambre gan she weyve;
      weyve: abandon, give up

286 For they been dombe, and therto they been deve,
      deve: deaf

311 And woneth in halkes alwey to and fro,
      halkes: hiding places

332 That ther was oother lyf ther men may wone."
      wone: dwell

363 Which hem apposed, and knew al hire entente,
      apposed questioned

367 Anon thise martirs that I yow devyse,
      devyse: tell, narrate

405 For which Almachius dide hym so bete
      dide ... bete: had him beaten

429 Quod she, "that wolden two answeres conclude
      conclude: include

448 And goon al quit, if he wole it reneye?"
      quit: fre

481 Bothe for to sleen and for to quyken a wight;
      quyken: give life to

527 The tormentour, but for no maner chaunce
      for no maner chaunce: in no way

547 Seint Urban with his deknes prively
      deknes: deacons

551 Seint Urban halwed it, as he wel myghte;
      halwed: consecrated

 

Score 4 points for each correct answer; if you made an 80 or more, congratulations. If you scored 76 or less, go back and again read carefully through of The Second Nun's Prologue and Tale (VIII.1-553), paying close attention to meaning and availing yourself of the page glosses, the explanatory notes, and the glossary.

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