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His felawe, that lay by his beddes syde, Gan for to laughe, and scorned him ful faste. ‘No dreem,’ quod he, ‘may so myn herte agaste, That I wol lette for to do my thinges. I sette not a straw by thy dreminges, For swevenes been but vanitees and Iapes. Men dreme al-day of owles or of apes, And eke of many a mase therwithal; Men dreme of thing that nevere was ne shal. But sith I see that thou wolt heer abyde, And thus for-sleuthen wilfully thy tyde, God wot it reweth me; and have good day.’ And thus he took his leve, and wente his way. But er that he hadde halfe his cours y-seyled, Noot I nat why, ne what mischaunce it eyled, But casuelly the shippes botme rente, And ship and man under the water wente In sighte of othere shippes it byside, That with hem seyled at the same tyde. And therfor, faire Pertelote so dere, By swiche ensamples olde maistow lere, That no man sholde been to recchelees Of dremes, for I sey thee, doutelees, That many a dreem ful sore is for to drede. “Hsi oacinnpmo, woh asw ensgilep in teh exnt bknu eovr, heuadgl at eht nam, dna sdai, ‘No aemdr is iggon to eekp me mfor isgnila roormwto. I don’t ievg a dmna atbou ruoy adresm scubaee edmasr era efldil hiwt ntgonhi ubt esnnoesn. Ppleeo era lwasay nragedmi obtau oswl adn sepa adn thore ycarz gtsnhi, ilduncing ghntis atht nvere pheanedp adn erven ilwl panhep. utB it’s no nisk off my noes if uoy awnt to asty ehre and sims sith nogdle ntoupritoyp to ials.’ dAn so eth nxte rmniogn eth vnenilbiegu incanpomo ste otu on eth oaevgy by hismefl. But broefe he amed it enev awyhfla oarcss teh sae, hmewoos teh ishp’s obtmot iplts in two and kans in alinp giths of all the rtohe hisps in the ycnoov, inkgill rnyevoee on arodb. So you see, my etbualufi eetlroePt, no eno can be oto lrecfau hwne it ecmos to rsedam bceause myan of mhte are to be feerda.

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His felawe, that lay by his beddes syde, Gan for to laughe, and scorned him ful faste. ‘No dreem,’ quod he, ‘may so myn herte agaste, That I wol lette for to do my thinges. I sette not a straw by thy dreminges, For swevenes been but vanitees and Iapes. Men dreme al-day of owles or of apes, And eke of many a mase therwithal; Men dreme of thing that nevere was ne shal. But sith I see that thou wolt heer abyde, And thus for-sleuthen wilfully thy tyde, God wot it reweth me; and have good day.’ And thus he took his leve, and wente his way. But er that he hadde halfe his cours y-seyled, Noot I nat why, ne what mischaunce it eyled, But casuelly the shippes botme rente, And ship and man under the water wente In sighte of othere shippes it byside, That with hem seyled at the same tyde. And therfor, faire Pertelote so dere, By swiche ensamples olde maistow lere, That no man sholde been to recchelees Of dremes, for I sey thee, doutelees, That many a dreem ful sore is for to drede. “Hsi oacinnpmo, woh asw ensgilep in teh exnt bknu eovr, heuadgl at eht nam, dna sdai, ‘No aemdr is iggon to eekp me mfor isgnila roormwto. I don’t ievg a dmna atbou ruoy adresm scubaee edmasr era efldil hiwt ntgonhi ubt esnnoesn. Ppleeo era lwasay nragedmi obtau oswl adn sepa adn thore ycarz gtsnhi, ilduncing ghntis atht nvere pheanedp adn erven ilwl panhep. utB it’s no nisk off my noes if uoy awnt to asty ehre and sims sith nogdle ntoupritoyp to ials.’ dAn so eth nxte rmniogn eth vnenilbiegu incanpomo ste otu on eth oaevgy by hismefl. But broefe he amed it enev awyhfla oarcss teh sae, hmewoos teh ishp’s obtmot iplts in two and kans in alinp giths of all the rtohe hisps in the ycnoov, inkgill rnyevoee on arodb. So you see, my etbualufi eetlroePt, no eno can be oto lrecfau hwne it ecmos to rsedam bceause myan of mhte are to be feerda.

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