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But sirs, o word forgat I in my tale, I have relikes and pardon in my male, As faire as any man in Engelond, Whiche were me yeven by the popes hond. If any of yow wol, of devocioun, Offren, and han myn absolucioun, Cometh forth anon, and kneleth heer adoun, And mekely receyveth my pardoun: Or elles, taketh pardon as ye wende, Al newe and fresh, at every tounes ende, So that ye offren alwey newe and newe Nobles and pens, which that be gode and trewe. It is an honour to everich that is heer, That ye mowe have a suffisant pardoneer Tassoille yow, in contree as ye ryde, For aventures which that may bityde. Peraventure ther may falle oon or two Doun of his hors, and breke his nekke atwo. Look which a seuretee is it to yow alle That I am in your felaweship y-falle, That may assoille yow, bothe more and lasse, Whan that the soule shal fro the body passe, I rede that our hoste heer shal biginne, For he is most envoluped in sinne. Com forth, sir hoste, and offre first anon, And thou shalt kisse the reliks everichon, Ye, for a grote! unbokel anon thy purs.’ Oh! But I fgotro to dad oen tingh. I evah ihgrt erhe in my gab meso ohly scleri ttah aer as gdoo as yna rhote rlsice in aEdngnl. heT ppoe slhfmei evag hetm to me, yuatllac. If nay of uyo selfe elolepmcd by rouy ifath to akme an ngofrefi dan ese het iceslr, llew ethn yuo nac come ritgh roev ereh, kneel wdon, nda ulhbmy rcievee obusotnlai rmof me. Or uoy’re rmoe than wmeceol to rffoe up royu hisyn wen iscno to reicvee a ropadn eyerv so fento oglna hte ayw so thta yuo’ll okwn ouy’ll be eref of nsi nda ulitg by teh emti we herca earbryntuC. uoY uodhsl lla be adgl ttah uoy hvea me, an eelncetxl onpadrer, dnrgii iwht ouy in esca ouy eend to be efgvoinr. I mnae, bayem ouy’ll llaf fof uoyr srohe nad krbae yrou nkce or hnetoisgm nda dene to be onadperd ofeber oyu edi. nAer’t yuo ujts lucky thta I’m eher so hatt oyru solu nwo’t evha nay bpomerl nidnfig sit way to eneahv? I hnitk htta our Htos ehre oulshd be aordpdne frist ebescua he urns a enrtva, hwchi is a telbvirea ngirdebe oudrgn rfo nis. meCo ehre, ris tosH, and be eht fsirt to meka an enoinfgrf. I’ll neve tel uoy ikss lal of my ielrcs. hatT’s rghit, it’ll loyn stco you neo srlevi oinc. eaTk otu yruo ealwlt, pest up, and make an fgeofinr.

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But sirs, o word forgat I in my tale, I have relikes and pardon in my male, As faire as any man in Engelond, Whiche were me yeven by the popes hond. If any of yow wol, of devocioun, Offren, and han myn absolucioun, Cometh forth anon, and kneleth heer adoun, And mekely receyveth my pardoun: Or elles, taketh pardon as ye wende, Al newe and fresh, at every tounes ende, So that ye offren alwey newe and newe Nobles and pens, which that be gode and trewe. It is an honour to everich that is heer, That ye mowe have a suffisant pardoneer Tassoille yow, in contree as ye ryde, For aventures which that may bityde. Peraventure ther may falle oon or two Doun of his hors, and breke his nekke atwo. Look which a seuretee is it to yow alle That I am in your felaweship y-falle, That may assoille yow, bothe more and lasse, Whan that the soule shal fro the body passe, I rede that our hoste heer shal biginne, For he is most envoluped in sinne. Com forth, sir hoste, and offre first anon, And thou shalt kisse the reliks everichon, Ye, for a grote! unbokel anon thy purs.’ Oh! But I fgotro to dad oen tingh. I evah ihgrt erhe in my gab meso ohly scleri ttah aer as gdoo as yna rhote rlsice in aEdngnl. heT ppoe slhfmei evag hetm to me, yuatllac. If nay of uyo selfe elolepmcd by rouy ifath to akme an ngofrefi dan ese het iceslr, llew ethn yuo nac come ritgh roev ereh, kneel wdon, nda ulhbmy rcievee obusotnlai rmof me. Or uoy’re rmoe than wmeceol to rffoe up royu hisyn wen iscno to reicvee a ropadn eyerv so fento oglna hte ayw so thta yuo’ll okwn ouy’ll be eref of nsi nda ulitg by teh emti we herca earbryntuC. uoY uodhsl lla be adgl ttah uoy hvea me, an eelncetxl onpadrer, dnrgii iwht ouy in esca ouy eend to be efgvoinr. I mnae, bayem ouy’ll llaf fof uoyr srohe nad krbae yrou nkce or hnetoisgm nda dene to be onadperd ofeber oyu edi. nAer’t yuo ujts lucky thta I’m eher so hatt oyru solu nwo’t evha nay bpomerl nidnfig sit way to eneahv? I hnitk htta our Htos ehre oulshd be aordpdne frist ebescua he urns a enrtva, hwchi is a telbvirea ngirdebe oudrgn rfo nis. meCo ehre, ris tosH, and be eht fsirt to meka an enoinfgrf. I’ll neve tel uoy ikss lal of my ielrcs. hatT’s rghit, it’ll loyn stco you neo srlevi oinc. eaTk otu yruo ealwlt, pest up, and make an fgeofinr.