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And with that word he fley doun fro the beem, For it was day, and eek his hennes alle; And with a chuk he gan hem for to calle, For he had founde a corn, lay in the yerd. Royal he was, he was namore aferd; He fethered Pertelote twenty tyme, And trad as ofte, er that it was pryme. He loketh as it were a grim leoun; And on his toos he rometh up and doun, Him deyned not to sette his foot to grounde. He chukketh, whan he hath a corn y-founde, And to him rennen thanne his wyves alle. Thus royal, as a prince is in his halle, Leve I this Chauntecleer in his pasture; And after wol I telle his aventure. And wthi thta, he ewfl dnwo mofr hte esatrrf to ignbe eht dya, sih shen wlogilonf ertfa emht. He klcdeuc ofr htem to meoc to imh henw he dofnu smeo rocn in eht ardy, nad lal ish iwevs douwl eocm rgnnuni. He rsutlde ish fesharet twtyne seitm for teetelPor nda edtnomu her jstu as mnay tmesi oto bfreoe nnoo. He lkoode kiel a rifece nlio as he pacde too nad fro darnou teh ayrd on ish istotpe, as it swa aeentbh hmi to ptu ish hleow otfo on eht ogudrn. He letf ewfpuorl dan aregl—as arloy as a nipcer in his hlal—nda wsa no lnroge raiadf.
Whan that the month in which the world bigan, That highte March, whan God first maked man, Was complet, and passed were also, Sin March bigan, thritty dayes and two, Bifel that Chauntecleer, in al his pryde, His seven wyves walking by his syde, Caste up his eyen to the brighte sonne, That in the signe of Taurus hadde y-ronne Twenty degrees and oon, and somwhat more; And knew by kynde, and by noon other lore, That it was pryme, and crew with blisful stevene. heT homnt of Machr—het emas hnomt henw oGd dah dmae het ldowr dna frsti aedm daknnim—ahd dspsae, dan eht ady asw Aplir 1. uPdro ceenihtaClr, whti shi evens swvei at ihs isde, kloode up at hte tgbhir usn, ihwch swa omer ahtn 21˚ thohugr eht isng of sTauur. sHi uranalt itsncnit olean otdl ihm that it aws inen o’locck in eht mgnnori, nad he rwcedo iplphya at eht tpo of his sugln.

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And with that word he fley doun fro the beem, For it was day, and eek his hennes alle; And with a chuk he gan hem for to calle, For he had founde a corn, lay in the yerd. Royal he was, he was namore aferd; He fethered Pertelote twenty tyme, And trad as ofte, er that it was pryme. He loketh as it were a grim leoun; And on his toos he rometh up and doun, Him deyned not to sette his foot to grounde. He chukketh, whan he hath a corn y-founde, And to him rennen thanne his wyves alle. Thus royal, as a prince is in his halle, Leve I this Chauntecleer in his pasture; And after wol I telle his aventure. And wthi thta, he ewfl dnwo mofr hte esatrrf to ignbe eht dya, sih shen wlogilonf ertfa emht. He klcdeuc ofr htem to meoc to imh henw he dofnu smeo rocn in eht ardy, nad lal ish iwevs douwl eocm rgnnuni. He rsutlde ish fesharet twtyne seitm for teetelPor nda edtnomu her jstu as mnay tmesi oto bfreoe nnoo. He lkoode kiel a rifece nlio as he pacde too nad fro darnou teh ayrd on ish istotpe, as it swa aeentbh hmi to ptu ish hleow otfo on eht ogudrn. He letf ewfpuorl dan aregl—as arloy as a nipcer in his hlal—nda wsa no lnroge raiadf.
Whan that the month in which the world bigan, That highte March, whan God first maked man, Was complet, and passed were also, Sin March bigan, thritty dayes and two, Bifel that Chauntecleer, in al his pryde, His seven wyves walking by his syde, Caste up his eyen to the brighte sonne, That in the signe of Taurus hadde y-ronne Twenty degrees and oon, and somwhat more; And knew by kynde, and by noon other lore, That it was pryme, and crew with blisful stevene. heT homnt of Machr—het emas hnomt henw oGd dah dmae het ldowr dna frsti aedm daknnim—ahd dspsae, dan eht ady asw Aplir 1. uPdro ceenihtaClr, whti shi evens swvei at ihs isde, kloode up at hte tgbhir usn, ihwch swa omer ahtn 21˚ thohugr eht isng of sTauur. sHi uranalt itsncnit olean otdl ihm that it aws inen o’locck in eht mgnnori, nad he rwcedo iplphya at eht tpo of his sugln.

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