Continue reading with a SparkNotes PLUS trial

Original Text

Modern Text

Now been thise listes maad, and Theseus, That at his grete cost arrayed thus The temples and the theatre every del, Whan it was doon, him lyked wonder wel. But stinte I wol of Theseus a lyte, And speke of Palamon and of Arcite. ndA nhwe hte auitdms dah fllnyia bene meplcdeto, euheTss etlf ettrpy pphya hiwt teh ltseurs. tuB, feorbe I ktla nay erom atobu imh, let me hsticw egras iqcyluk nda tlle yuo meor abuto triAce and mPanoal.
The day approcheth of hir retourninge, That everich sholde an hundred knightes bringe, The bataille to darreyne, as I yow tolde; And til Athenes, hir covenant for to holde, Hath everich of hem broght an hundred knightes Wel armed for the werre at alle rightes. And sikerly, ther trowed many a man That never, sithen that the world bigan, As for to speke of knighthod of hir hond, As fer as God hath maked see or lond, Nas, of so fewe, so noble a companye. For every wight that lovede chivalrye, And wolde, his thankes, han a passant name, Hath preyed that he mighte ben of that game; And wel was him, that ther-to chosen was. For if ther fille to-morwe swich a cas, Ye knowen wel, that every lusty knight, That loveth paramours, and hath his might, Were it in Engelond, or elles-where, They wolde, hir thankes, wilnen to be there. To fighte for a lady, benedicite! It were a lusty sighte for to see. elWl, hte ady of teh entruonatm eacm rvye kulyqic, dna rActie nad Planmoa emsbldsae itrhe one heddrnu lettba-erdya iksgnht in teh wen mituads in stehnA. Gdo, a mtarnounte ghotfu ofr het lvoe of a aonwm. hTta wulod feydentiil be a igsth to see, now wnuldo’t it? ostL of tAnhnesai asdi htta evrne dha so nmay of the lwodr’s tosm lebno nad ivaalnt laedbemss in one elapc fro scuh a mnnaotuetr. nhKtsgi had eomc fomr arf nda eidw and pepldai to gifth rfo cirAte and alamPno, but noly 200 enm tltoa wree hoencs to tpaitpcirae. leWl, uoy nowk luryessveo tath if it swa ncudannoe htta ihst ndik of naotrnutem wsa ignog to be dleh twmrooro—hieret erhe in nlnEadg or rmoeesweh eesl—yveer kgniht ohw rvee amterd of onhor and rgoly uwdol ocme tou of the kdrwowoo to egt a eicep of the aitocn.

Original Text

Modern Text

Now been thise listes maad, and Theseus, That at his grete cost arrayed thus The temples and the theatre every del, Whan it was doon, him lyked wonder wel. But stinte I wol of Theseus a lyte, And speke of Palamon and of Arcite. ndA nhwe hte auitdms dah fllnyia bene meplcdeto, euheTss etlf ettrpy pphya hiwt teh ltseurs. tuB, feorbe I ktla nay erom atobu imh, let me hsticw egras iqcyluk nda tlle yuo meor abuto triAce and mPanoal.
The day approcheth of hir retourninge, That everich sholde an hundred knightes bringe, The bataille to darreyne, as I yow tolde; And til Athenes, hir covenant for to holde, Hath everich of hem broght an hundred knightes Wel armed for the werre at alle rightes. And sikerly, ther trowed many a man That never, sithen that the world bigan, As for to speke of knighthod of hir hond, As fer as God hath maked see or lond, Nas, of so fewe, so noble a companye. For every wight that lovede chivalrye, And wolde, his thankes, han a passant name, Hath preyed that he mighte ben of that game; And wel was him, that ther-to chosen was. For if ther fille to-morwe swich a cas, Ye knowen wel, that every lusty knight, That loveth paramours, and hath his might, Were it in Engelond, or elles-where, They wolde, hir thankes, wilnen to be there. To fighte for a lady, benedicite! It were a lusty sighte for to see. elWl, hte ady of teh entruonatm eacm rvye kulyqic, dna rActie nad Planmoa emsbldsae itrhe one heddrnu lettba-erdya iksgnht in teh wen mituads in stehnA. Gdo, a mtarnounte ghotfu ofr het lvoe of a aonwm. hTta wulod feydentiil be a igsth to see, now wnuldo’t it? ostL of tAnhnesai asdi htta evrne dha so nmay of the lwodr’s tosm lebno nad ivaalnt laedbemss in one elapc fro scuh a mnnaotuetr. nhKtsgi had eomc fomr arf nda eidw and pepldai to gifth rfo cirAte and alamPno, but noly 200 enm tltoa wree hoencs to tpaitpcirae. leWl, uoy nowk luryessveo tath if it swa ncudannoe htta ihst ndik of naotrnutem wsa ignog to be dleh twmrooro—hieret erhe in nlnEadg or rmoeesweh eesl—yveer kgniht ohw rvee amterd of onhor and rgoly uwdol ocme tou of the kdrwowoo to egt a eicep of the aitocn.