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The Prologue and Tale of Sir Thopas

(Lines VII.692-966)

Compare your translations with the glossed text:

694 And thanne at erst he looked upon me,
      at erst: for the first time

707 "Hooste," quod I, "ne beth nat yvele apayd,
      yvel apayd: displeased

713 And I wol telle verrayment
      verrayment: truly

727 His rode is lyk scarlet in grayn,
      rode: complexion scarlet     in grayn: deep-dyed scarlet cloth

731 That to his girdel raughte adoun;
      raughte: reached

751 He worth upon his steede gray,
      worth upon: climbs on

776 So swatte that men myghte him wrynge;
      swatte: sweated

788 An elf-queene shal my lemman be
      elf-queene: fairy queen     lemman: mistress

796 By dale and eek by downe!"
      downe: hill

801 That he foond, in a pryve woon,
      woon: place

835 For now I wol yow rowne
      rowne: tell

836 How sir Thopas, with sydes smale,
      sydes smale: slender waist

843 For paramour and jolitee
      jolitee: pleasure

845 "Do come," he seyde, "my mynstrales,
      Do come: cause to come, summon     mynstrales: musicians

861 And over that an haubergeoun
      haubergeoun: chain-mail shirt

866 And over that his cote-armour
      cote-armour: coat of arms, worn over the armor

877 His helm of latoun bright;
      latoun: latten, a brass-like alloy

890 To telle it wol I fonde.
      fonde: try, attempt

895 And of ladyes love-drury
      love-drury: passionate love

897 Men speken of romances of prys,
      prys: excellence

908 God shilde his cors fro shonde!
       cors: corse, body        shonde: harm, shame

911 But liggen in his hoode;
      liggen: lie

912 His brighte helm was his wonger,
      wonger: pillow

924 Now swich a rym the devel I biteche!
      biteche: commit

947 And alle acorden as in hire sentence,
       sentence: substance, essential meaning


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 Prologue and Tale of Sir Thopas (VII.692-966), paying close attention to meaning and availing yourself of the page glosses, the explanatory notes, and the glossary.

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