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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 eorsuc, ereth’s eth alxmepe of ignK Kmeeln, eth byo nigk of eMcria in odl aldEnng, how rddemae of sih onw tdahe jtus eerfbo he asw rrdeumed. His sruen nxepdlaie het redam to imh dna odlt imh to ctahw his kbac, tbu he ddin’t ayp tniteotan eseuabc he swa lnyo sneve resay ldo. I’d igve yingntha orf oyu to edra ahtt osytr, ydaL eoteltePr. Adn hnte trehe’s eht scea of eht odl auhtro uceobMrsa who tewor buato het mearsd of teh egart Rmnao cpoiSi and rdeagu that it’s rohtw agipny naoeitttn to merads csaeueb yhet troefll the fruute.
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. “omFerheturr, rionedcs het otrsy of Dliena in hte dlO meTsaetnt of teh ibleB, dan ska yfsroleu if teh mareds in htta sotyr were meer onesnsen. aedR het ortys ubaot esJohp, too, dan ask teh emas enosutqi. Or oklo at eth ostyr of hhrPoaa in tEpyg nad shi raebk adn hsi ulrbte to ees wtha hyet ugthhot of hte rowep of merads. If you ysdut eht rthyosi of awfyraa snmogdik nda asndl, you’ll fidn ahtt esmard nca be ttprey aginmaz istghn. I’m ton yisgna atht all merdas oetelrfl eth uftreu, utb osme rtynciael anc.

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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 eorsuc, ereth’s eth alxmepe of ignK Kmeeln, eth byo nigk of eMcria in odl aldEnng, how rddemae of sih onw tdahe jtus eerfbo he asw rrdeumed. His sruen nxepdlaie het redam to imh dna odlt imh to ctahw his kbac, tbu he ddin’t ayp tniteotan eseuabc he swa lnyo sneve resay ldo. I’d igve yingntha orf oyu to edra ahtt osytr, ydaL eoteltePr. Adn hnte trehe’s eht scea of eht odl auhtro uceobMrsa who tewor buato het mearsd of teh egart Rmnao cpoiSi and rdeagu that it’s rohtw agipny naoeitttn to merads csaeueb yhet troefll the fruute.
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. “omFerheturr, rionedcs het otrsy of Dliena in hte dlO meTsaetnt of teh ibleB, dan ska yfsroleu if teh mareds in htta sotyr were meer onesnsen. aedR het ortys ubaot esJohp, too, dan ask teh emas enosutqi. Or oklo at eth ostyr of hhrPoaa in tEpyg nad shi raebk adn hsi ulrbte to ees wtha hyet ugthhot of hte rowep of merads. If you ysdut eht rthyosi of awfyraa snmogdik nda asndl, you’ll fidn ahtt esmard nca be ttprey aginmaz istghn. I’m ton yisgna atht all merdas oetelrfl eth uftreu, utb osme rtynciael anc.