Compare your translations with the glossed text:867 That serchen every lond and every streem,
878 Wommen may go saufly up and doun.
887 Of which mayde anon, maugree hir heed,
maugree hir heed: against her will, despite all she could do
898 To chese wheither she wolde hym save or spille.
spille: put to death
909 A twelf-month and a day, to seche and leere
seche: search leere: learn
911 And suretee wol I han, er that thou pace,
922 But he ne koude arryven in no coost
coost: coast (region)
941 That we nel kike, for he seith us sooth.
nel kike: will not (nel = ne wil) kick back
944 We wol been holden wise and clene of synne.
950 Pardee, we wommen konne no thyng hele;
hele: hide, keep secret
965 But nathelees, hir thoughte that she dyde
dyde: would die
970 Doun to a mareys faste by she ran --
989 And in his wey it happed hym to ryde,
it happed hym: he chanced
999 A fouler wight ther may no man devyse.
1030 And afterward this knyght was bode appeere.
bode appeere: commanded to appear
1059 I woot right wel that swich was my biheste.
1069 Sholde evere so foule disparaged be!"
disparaged: degraded by union with someone of lower birth
1120 For which we clayme to been of heigh parage,
heigh parage: noble lineage
1136 Pryvee and apert thanne wolde they nevere fyne
1142 Yet wole the fyr as faire lye and brenne
1152 And he that wole han pris of his gentrye,
pris of his gentrye: praise for his noble birth
1161 Which is a strange thyng to thy persone.
strange thyng: thing foreign to, not naturally part of
1189 But he that noght hath, ne coveiteth have,
have: to have (anything)
1209 Were in no book, ye gentils of honour
1216 Been grete wardeyns upon chastitee.
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