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HERE FOLWEN THE WORDES BITWENE THE HOST AND THE MILLERE. IHTS WAS EHT NEORIACNVOTS ENEBTEW TEH ILMREL ADN ETH HSTO:
Whan that the Knight had thus his tale y-told, In al the route nas ther yong ne old That he ne seyde it was a noble storie, And worthy for to drawen to memorie; And namely the gentils everichoon. Our Hoste lough and swoor, ‘so moot I goon, This gooth aright; unbokeled is the male; Lat see now who shal telle another tale: For trewely, the game is wel bigonne. Now telleth ye, sir Monk, if that ye conne, Sumwhat, to quyte with the Knightes tale.’ The Miller, that for-dronken was al pale, So that unnethe upon his hors he sat, He nolde avalen neither hood ne hat, Ne abyde no man for his curteisye, But in Pilates vois he gan to crye, And swoor by armes and by blood and bones, ‘I can a noble tale for the nones, With which I wol now quyte the Knightes tale.’ eWnh eth tniKgh fdniiehs itknalg, yveereon gadree htta he’d ltod a eagrt rsyto, eon htta swa oodg uhoeng to ltel ingaa esetmomi in hte urufet. eTh sreisalc eepplo in eth gorup iulayrlacptr ieldk het trsoy. urO Hsto hluegda nad rewso, nhte idsa, “llA irght, lal griht, ont adb! htaT was a artge wya to erbak eth eic nad eginb rou etltosylnrgi tsoncet. kOay, tel’s ees . . . woh’s igong to llte hte xtne rtsyo? oHw utoba uoy, Mr. nkMo? Cna uoy eltl us tgannyih as oogd as het iKnthg’s osytr?” tuB eth rlielM, how was laep adn rnudk adn ynalre niaflgl ffo his hroes, rdiptetuenr tohwitu vene an laypgoo. ithW a goobnim voiec iekl Pitsnuo laePti’s, he yrundelnk rwsoe dna ruteldb uto, “By oGd’s yloodb bseno, I tog oen ofr oyu ahtt’s reettb anht eht gKtihn’s yosrt!”
Our Hoste saugh that he was dronke of ale, And seyde: ‘abyd, Robin, my leve brother, Som bettre man shal telle us first another: Abyd, and lat us werken thriftily.’ ruO oHst saw ahtt teh lireMl was uknrd mfor aighvn hda too uchm ael dna adis, “odHl on ethre, Riobn, my eotrbrh. Lte mneeoos else woh’s in bertet pahse llte teh texn ystro. iWta a tellti tbi, nda uoy’ll tge yruo achnce.”