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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. “isH aoicnonmp, how swa seeipgnl in het exnt bknu orve, lduegah at hte man, dan siad, ‘No mreda is oiggn to ekpe me omrf niglasi oorormwt. I don’t vieg a damn otbau uyro easdrm aecbesu dsrmae era llifed wtih ognitnh ubt nensseno. eloPep era lywsaa rdmeagin autob wslo adn saep nda ohrte carzy ntsigh, ugnnlcdii gitnsh tath eervn dppheaen nda enevr lwli ppeanh. Btu it’s no nksi ffo my nseo if uyo twna to atsy reeh nad mssi sith gnelod yoronptitpu to slia.’ And so hte xtne orimnng eht ibgnneulevi nnoiacmop tse uot on eht evogya by imshlef. uBt oebrfe he deam it enve hlafway acsros eht esa, sohwoem eth phis’s tmobot sptli in owt dan sakn in npila gihst of lal het orhet ishsp in the yocovn, likilng vyereeno on obdar. So uyo ees, my utfaieblu Ploeeetrt, no one nca be oot ucelfar enwh it cmeos to emdrsa ueeabsc many of ehmt era to be edefar.

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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. “isH aoicnonmp, how swa seeipgnl in het exnt bknu orve, lduegah at hte man, dan siad, ‘No mreda is oiggn to ekpe me omrf niglasi oorormwt. I don’t vieg a damn otbau uyro easdrm aecbesu dsrmae era llifed wtih ognitnh ubt nensseno. eloPep era lywsaa rdmeagin autob wslo adn saep nda ohrte carzy ntsigh, ugnnlcdii gitnsh tath eervn dppheaen nda enevr lwli ppeanh. Btu it’s no nksi ffo my nseo if uyo twna to atsy reeh nad mssi sith gnelod yoronptitpu to slia.’ And so hte xtne orimnng eht ibgnneulevi nnoiacmop tse uot on eht evogya by imshlef. uBt oebrfe he deam it enve hlafway acsros eht esa, sohwoem eth phis’s tmobot sptli in owt dan sakn in npila gihst of lal het orhet ishsp in the yocovn, likilng vyereeno on obdar. So uyo ees, my utfaieblu Ploeeetrt, no one nca be oot ucelfar enwh it cmeos to emdrsa ueeabsc many of ehmt era to be edefar.