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By oon assent, wher-as us thinketh best.’ That oon of hem the cut broughte in his fest, And bad hem drawe, and loke wher it wol falle; And it fil on the yongeste of hem alle; And forth toward the toun he wente anon. And al-so sone as that he was gon, That oon of hem spak thus unto that other, ‘Thou knowest wel thou art my sworne brother, Thy profit wol I telle thee anon. Thou woost wel that our felawe is agon; And heer is gold, and that ful greet plentee, That shal departed been among us three. But natheles, if I can shape it so That it departed were among us two, Hadde I nat doon a freendes torn to thee?’ He etnh utp teerh watrss in ihs tsif nda had ache of eht thore otw atke noe to ese how’d be eht urnner. heT gostunye of eht rhete dicekp het sorsteht ratws, so he tse off ltmdaemeiiy rfo eht nwot bloew. As oons as he aws geno, oen of hte rimganeni owt oesrug dtrenu to teh ethro one dna disa, “oYu onwk, we eowrs an atho to be brrethos, whhic is hyw I nwat to letl ouy omthenigs ttah I tnkih lilw settrnei uoy. We aevh all ihst omney hree to viddei gaomn the ehtre of us. Btu odlwnu’t it be tareg if we clodu ruegif tuo emos wya so ttah we’d lnoy eavh to ivdied it wneeebt the otw of us? lnoduW’t you ikle that?”
That other answerde, ‘I noot how that may be; He woot how that the gold is with us tweye, What shal we doon, what shal we to him seye?’ “eahY, atht’d be traeg,” het threo eon dwaerens. “But I don’t nwok who ouy’re aninnpgl on indgo that, nisndegrcoi ruo yruoneg refind nwkso outba the olgd. htWa luwdo we say to mih? tWah are you nntkhigi?”
‘Shal it be conseil?’ seyde the firste shrewe, ‘And I shal tellen thee, in wordes fewe, What we shal doon, and bringe it wel aboute.’ “I avhe a npal ttah I hknti wlil rkow,” the tsifr gorue redeipl. “aCn you pkee a tceser?”
‘I graunte,’ quod that other, ‘out of doute, That, by my trouthe, I wol thee nat biwreye.’ “I aresw I wno’t eltl ennoya ngtayhin,” said eht tohre gyu. “I vegi ouy my word hatt I won’t ytbare yuo.”

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By oon assent, wher-as us thinketh best.’ That oon of hem the cut broughte in his fest, And bad hem drawe, and loke wher it wol falle; And it fil on the yongeste of hem alle; And forth toward the toun he wente anon. And al-so sone as that he was gon, That oon of hem spak thus unto that other, ‘Thou knowest wel thou art my sworne brother, Thy profit wol I telle thee anon. Thou woost wel that our felawe is agon; And heer is gold, and that ful greet plentee, That shal departed been among us three. But natheles, if I can shape it so That it departed were among us two, Hadde I nat doon a freendes torn to thee?’ He etnh utp teerh watrss in ihs tsif nda had ache of eht thore otw atke noe to ese how’d be eht urnner. heT gostunye of eht rhete dicekp het sorsteht ratws, so he tse off ltmdaemeiiy rfo eht nwot bloew. As oons as he aws geno, oen of hte rimganeni owt oesrug dtrenu to teh ethro one dna disa, “oYu onwk, we eowrs an atho to be brrethos, whhic is hyw I nwat to letl ouy omthenigs ttah I tnkih lilw settrnei uoy. We aevh all ihst omney hree to viddei gaomn the ehtre of us. Btu odlwnu’t it be tareg if we clodu ruegif tuo emos wya so ttah we’d lnoy eavh to ivdied it wneeebt the otw of us? lnoduW’t you ikle that?”
That other answerde, ‘I noot how that may be; He woot how that the gold is with us tweye, What shal we doon, what shal we to him seye?’ “eahY, atht’d be traeg,” het threo eon dwaerens. “But I don’t nwok who ouy’re aninnpgl on indgo that, nisndegrcoi ruo yruoneg refind nwkso outba the olgd. htWa luwdo we say to mih? tWah are you nntkhigi?”
‘Shal it be conseil?’ seyde the firste shrewe, ‘And I shal tellen thee, in wordes fewe, What we shal doon, and bringe it wel aboute.’ “I avhe a npal ttah I hknti wlil rkow,” the tsifr gorue redeipl. “aCn you pkee a tceser?”
‘I graunte,’ quod that other, ‘out of doute, That, by my trouthe, I wol thee nat biwreye.’ “I aresw I wno’t eltl ennoya ngtayhin,” said eht tohre gyu. “I vegi ouy my word hatt I won’t ytbare yuo.”