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HERE BIGINNETH THE BOOK OF THE TALES OF CAUNTERBURY. THE ENYBTCRUAR ATLES TSASRT REHE.
Whan that Aprille with his shoures sote The droghte of Marche hath perced to the rote, And bathed every veyne in swich licour, Of which vertu engendred is the flour; Whan Zephirus eek with his swete breeth Inspired hath in every holt and heeth The tendre croppes, and the yonge sonne Hath in the Ram his halfe cours y-ronne, And smale fowles maken melodye, That slepen al the night with open yë, (So priketh hem nature in hir corages): Than longen folk to goon on pilgrimages (And palmers for to seken straunge strondes) To ferne halwes, couthe in sondry londes; And specially, from every shires ende Of Engelond, to Caunterbury they wende, The holy blisful martir for to seke, That hem hath holpen, whan that they were seke. pPeeol ntaw to go on irlgioseu ggmsiilpare to trsipiaul paeslc in eht rimipegtsn, wehn hte Aiprl ianrs veah kdesao pede tion het ydr rdguno to wtaer hte lesfwor’ rsoto; nad hewn Zysuerhp, hte dgo of teh wtse diwn, sha elhedp ewn srewfol to owrg ewerryehve; dan ehnw uyo cna ees eth nitsnecalolot riseA in hte sky; and wenh the drisb insg all the tmie. oemS pleepo go to throe nictruseo, but myan eepopl in nnlgdaE oehsoc to go to the ytic of ayruCrntbe in erasontuesht Enlndga to vtsii the inemrsa of oasmhT cetekB, the ratCnihsi atyrrm owh hda the werop of inalegh peloep.
Bifel that, in that seson on a day, In Southwerk at the Tabard as I lay Redy to wenden on my pilgrimage To Caunterbury with ful devout corage, At night was come in-to that hostelrye Wel nyne and twenty in a companye, Of sondry folk, by aventure y-falle In felawshipe, and pilgrims were they alle, That toward Caunterbury wolden ryde; The chambres and the stables weren wyde, And wel we weren esed atte beste. And shortly, whan the sonne was to reste, So hadde I spoken with hem everichon, That I was of hir felawshipe anon, And made forward erly for to ryse, To take our wey, ther as I yow devyse. nOe rigpns, hewn I asw knamgi my nwo hbeuml iplmggarei to eCrrnatbyu, I tydeas at teh abdTar Inn in eht icyt of hwaktuSro. Welih I saw rtehe, a upgor of tyenwt-inen epolep woh ewer sloa kmngai eht emas priaigmgel erdirav at eth hoetl. Neon of emth ahd eyalrl nnokw ache eohtr berofe, utb heyt ahd met olagn teh ayw. It was a tepytr evidser urogp of oeplpe orfm teenffrid kswla of file. heT ethlo was uiassocp dna had enytlp of omor ofr lla of us. I easttrd agktinl twhi teshe elppeo dan petrty oons ift ghtir inot trieh pgrou. We mdae plnsa to etg up rayel dan tuinenco on the jueonyr to yrCanubert hrtoeetg.