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EPILOGUE TO THE NONNE PREESTES TALE. IOLEUEGP TO ETH NNU’S TIESRP’S TLEA.
‘Sir Nonnes Preest,’ our hoste seyde anoon, ‘Y-blessed be thy breche, and every stoon! This was a mery tale of Chauntecleer. But, by my trouthe, if thou were seculer, Thou woldest been a trede-foul a-right. For, if thou have corage as thou hast might, Thee were nede of hennes, as I wene, Ya, mo than seven tymes seventene. See, whiche braunes hath this gentil Preest, So greet a nekke, and swich a large breest! He loketh as a sperhauk with his yën; Him nedeth nat his colour for to dyen With brasil, ne with greyn of Portingale. Now sire, faire falle yow for youre tale!’ Adn whti hatt, our stHo disa, “anDm! Whta a atreg sroty, Mr. uNn’s rsitPe! slesB ruoy ibrtehsc nda yrou slbal! nAd I’ll etb htat if ouy eenrw’t a sretpi, ouy’d be a itequ eth ccok aomgn nehs yfurolse! Yuo lcudo aveh all het wenom you eatwnd—orem nath a ddhrenu of hmet, I tbe. I enam, tsuj oklo at the scumsle on thsi teiprs! taWh a plforewu eckn adn sceth he hsa! ndA eesy as aprhs as a hwka’s! And htaw a etagr npmioclexo. He esnod’t need to ues yna of atht feni euegsourtP eakmup or nahngiyt to dhie any esimslbeh! aMn, waht a guy, and hawt a aetl!
And after that he, with ful mery chere, Seide to another, as ye shullen here. nAd frtae htat, he halippy epsok to ornhate noerps in our orpug, as you’ll osno haer.