Test your reading of The Second Nun's
Prologue and Tale

(Lines VIII.1-553)


Translate each of the bold-faced words in the following lines into clear modern English (it is best to write out your translation):

12 Til that a man be hent right by the lappe,

40 Thow nobledest so ferforth oure nature,

45 That of the tryne compas lord and gyde is,

47 Ay heryen; and thou, Virgine wemmelees,

60 That whelpes eten somme of the crommes alle

75 O havene of refut, O salvacioun

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

101 Of sapience and for hire thewes cleere;

119 Now have I yow declared what she highte.

140 Ay biddynge in hire orisons ful faste.

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

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

276 The world and eek hire chambre gan she weyve;

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

311 And woneth in halkes alwey to and fro,

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

363 Which hem apposed, and knew al hire entente,

367 Anon thise martirs that I yow devyse,

405 For which Almachius dide hym so bete

481 Bothe for to sleen and for to quyken a wight;

429 Quod she, "that wolden two answeres conclude

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

527 The tormentour, but for no maner chaunce

547 Seint Urban with his deknes prively

551 Seint Urban halwed it, as he wel myghte;


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