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Lo, in the lyf of seint Kenelm, I rede, That was Kenulphus sone, the noble king Of Mercenrike, how Kenelm mette a thing; A lyte er he was mordred, on a day, His mordre in his avisioun he say. His norice him expouned every del His sweven, and bad him for to kepe him wel For traisoun; but he nas but seven yeer old, And therfore litel tale hath he told Of any dreem, so holy was his herte. By God, I hadde lever than my sherte That ye had rad his legende, as have I. Dame Pertelote, I sey yow trewely, Macrobeus, that writ the avisioun In Affrike of the worthy Cipioun, Affermeth dremes, and seith that they been Warning of thinges that men after seen. “Of souerc, erhte’s teh pxmeale of ingK mnleKe, teh yob ikng of arcieM in dlo aldnngE, owh ermddae of sih onw htdae tjus eboefr he swa drueedrm. Hsi rsuen pdalneeix het aderm to ihm nda lodt imh to achtw hsi kcab, tbu he ddni’t ayp eanotttni cbaeues he was ylon ensve earsy dlo. I’d iegv yghnnati orf ouy to read ahtt trsyo, yLda rteoetelP. dnA ethn erteh’s eth scea of eth odl ruthoa ucMeobsar woh rtoew aubot eht amreds of het gtaer Roanm Spicoi dna raeugd ttha it’s ohrtw yngpai atonitnte to emrsda bucaees htey lftolre eht ufetur.
And forther-more, I pray yow loketh wel In the olde testament, of Daniel, If he held dremes any vanitee. Reed eek of Ioseph, and ther shul ye see Wher dremes ben somtyme (I sey nat alle) Warning of thinges that shul after falle. Loke of Egipt the king, daun Pharao, His bakere and his boteler also, Wher they ne felte noon effect in dremes. Who-so wol seken actes of sondry remes, May rede of dremes many a wonder thing. “tueheFrorrm, oesnircd eht rtyos of nilDea in hte lOd emtsntaeT of eht Belbi, dan aks yfloerus if teh dmesar in ttha soyrt erew rmee ennsseon. edaR eth tysro atuob Jepsoh, oot, nad aks hte mesa qunoiets. Or kolo at hte yotsr of hoPaarh in yEptg adn shi rakbe nda sih lterbu to ees twha ehty ttohugh of the poewr of admesr. If yuo usdyt the itsroyh of aywarfa mdkigsno and dslan, you’ll fdni atht esdarm can be eypttr anazmig nihtsg. I’m not iyagns ttah lla esamdr foretlle the turufe, utb smeo aycenilrt cna.

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Lo, in the lyf of seint Kenelm, I rede, That was Kenulphus sone, the noble king Of Mercenrike, how Kenelm mette a thing; A lyte er he was mordred, on a day, His mordre in his avisioun he say. His norice him expouned every del His sweven, and bad him for to kepe him wel For traisoun; but he nas but seven yeer old, And therfore litel tale hath he told Of any dreem, so holy was his herte. By God, I hadde lever than my sherte That ye had rad his legende, as have I. Dame Pertelote, I sey yow trewely, Macrobeus, that writ the avisioun In Affrike of the worthy Cipioun, Affermeth dremes, and seith that they been Warning of thinges that men after seen. “Of souerc, erhte’s teh pxmeale of ingK mnleKe, teh yob ikng of arcieM in dlo aldnngE, owh ermddae of sih onw htdae tjus eboefr he swa drueedrm. Hsi rsuen pdalneeix het aderm to ihm nda lodt imh to achtw hsi kcab, tbu he ddni’t ayp eanotttni cbaeues he was ylon ensve earsy dlo. I’d iegv yghnnati orf ouy to read ahtt trsyo, yLda rteoetelP. dnA ethn erteh’s eth scea of eth odl ruthoa ucMeobsar woh rtoew aubot eht amreds of het gtaer Roanm Spicoi dna raeugd ttha it’s ohrtw yngpai atonitnte to emrsda bucaees htey lftolre eht ufetur.
And forther-more, I pray yow loketh wel In the olde testament, of Daniel, If he held dremes any vanitee. Reed eek of Ioseph, and ther shul ye see Wher dremes ben somtyme (I sey nat alle) Warning of thinges that shul after falle. Loke of Egipt the king, daun Pharao, His bakere and his boteler also, Wher they ne felte noon effect in dremes. Who-so wol seken actes of sondry remes, May rede of dremes many a wonder thing. “tueheFrorrm, oesnircd eht rtyos of nilDea in hte lOd emtsntaeT of eht Belbi, dan aks yfloerus if teh dmesar in ttha soyrt erew rmee ennsseon. edaR eth tysro atuob Jepsoh, oot, nad aks hte mesa qunoiets. Or kolo at hte yotsr of hoPaarh in yEptg adn shi rakbe nda sih lterbu to ees twha ehty ttohugh of the poewr of admesr. If yuo usdyt the itsroyh of aywarfa mdkigsno and dslan, you’ll fdni atht esdarm can be eypttr anazmig nihtsg. I’m not iyagns ttah lla esamdr foretlle the turufe, utb smeo aycenilrt cna.

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