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This Alison answerde, ‘Who is ther That knokketh so? I warante it a theef.’ “hoW’s there cngonkik on the wdwnoi?” noAsil delalc. “It’s not a etfhi, is it?”
‘Why, nay,’ quod he, ‘God woot, my swete leef, I am thyn Absolon, my dereling! Of gold,’ quod he, ‘I have thee broght a ring; My moder yaf it me, so God me save, Ful fyn it is, and ther-to wel y-grave; This wol I yeve thee, if thou me kisse!’ “No, my gadnlir, it’s me, mAaslbo, stwee evol. I’ve gbhtoru yuo a ldgo gnir taht my rmhteo cnoe geva me,” he aisd. “It’s yrve tilbuufea and enve anedvgre. I’ll ivge it to you if ouy’ll iveg me enoahrt sisk!”
This Nicholas was risen for to pisse, And thoghte he wolde amenden al the Iape, He sholde kisse his ers er that he scape. And up the windowe dide he hastily, And out his ers he putteth prively Over the buttok, to the haunche-bon; And ther-with spak this clerk, this Absolon, ‘Spek, swete brid, I noot nat wher thou art.’ lNichsao, ohw’d tgetno up to eep, dearh boAalms dotiesu dna thuhgto he’d ekam hte nithg enev fnniuer by iankmg eht rsptie isks hsi sas too. He enoped eht ndwwoi qlykuci dan tcusk tuo ish btut as fra as it lwodu go, sjut at the nometm lmobAsa idsa, “yaS tnhiomges, my wtese bird, so I wnko ewher you rea.”
This Nicholas anon leet flee a fart, As greet as it had been a thonder-dent, That with the strook he was almost y-blent; And he was redy with his iren hoot, And Nicholas amidde the ers he smoot. iohcNasl seneawrd by piirnpg off an onsormue atfr as reulopfw as dtrneuh atht eanyrl bdnldie mlaAbso. He wsa adrey with eht hot pkroe, hghtou, nda aredmm it rgthi at iTrkyc kyNci’s tbut.
Of gooth the skin an hande-brede aboute, The hole culter brende so his toute, And for the smert he wende for to dye. As he were wood, for wo he gan to crye— Help! water! water! help, for Goddes herte!’ ehT kpore deurnb olcihNsa’s btut so ydlab hatt hte sikn rsdttea eingepl ffo. olashiNc gtuothh he’d edi fmor hte aipn, and he ercdaems ilke a madmna, “eHlp! areWt! lHep! Wreat! rFo oGd’s kesa, atrwe!”