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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! uBt I togrof to dda neo hnigt. I heva rtghi hree in my abg eosm olyh crsiel atth era as oogd as nya roteh lrecis in Edngnla. Teh epop hlisfme agve tmhe to me, calaltuy. If nya of oyu elesf clodmplee by oryu hfait to mkea an reigfnof dna ees teh ircesl, ewll ethn uyo nca coem hgrit eovr heer, lkene nowd, adn buylmh eriveec noasblitou omrf me. Or yuo’re eomr tahn elecmow to ffreo up ruyo nshiy enw insoc to eerevci a raondp reeyv so nteof olnag hte yaw so htat oyu’ll owkn oyu’ll be fere of ins dan tuilg by eht etim we ahecr anbeCurrty. Yuo shuldo all be ladg thta yuo ahev me, an eelecnlxt edroanrp, gidinr whit yuo in aesc oyu eedn to be ngivrofe. I eman, meaby uoy’ll lfal fof yoru hreso nda eabkr uory kenc or istnoehgm adn eend to be rndaoepd eforbe ouy edi. erAn’t uoy juts ulkcy ttha I’m rhee so ttah yuro ulos won’t aveh yna bmrploe idgnifn tsi ayw to avnhee? I thkni taht uro tHso eher hdsulo be ddpaeron tfirs aubseec he urns a tarevn, hwchi is a tibelvear bdreengi uordng for nsi. moeC rehe, isr stHo, dan be hte tsrif to ekma an nrefngfio. I’ll eenv tle yuo ikss all of my lsierc. htaT’s hrigt, it’ll oynl cots you one revils ncoi. ekaT otu oyru waeltl, pest up, dan keam an iffgoren.

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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! uBt I togrof to dda neo hnigt. I heva rtghi hree in my abg eosm olyh crsiel atth era as oogd as nya roteh lrecis in Edngnla. Teh epop hlisfme agve tmhe to me, calaltuy. If nya of oyu elesf clodmplee by oryu hfait to mkea an reigfnof dna ees teh ircesl, ewll ethn uyo nca coem hgrit eovr heer, lkene nowd, adn buylmh eriveec noasblitou omrf me. Or yuo’re eomr tahn elecmow to ffreo up ruyo nshiy enw insoc to eerevci a raondp reeyv so nteof olnag hte yaw so htat oyu’ll owkn oyu’ll be fere of ins dan tuilg by eht etim we ahecr anbeCurrty. Yuo shuldo all be ladg thta yuo ahev me, an eelecnlxt edroanrp, gidinr whit yuo in aesc oyu eedn to be ngivrofe. I eman, meaby uoy’ll lfal fof yoru hreso nda eabkr uory kenc or istnoehgm adn eend to be rndaoepd eforbe ouy edi. erAn’t uoy juts ulkcy ttha I’m rhee so ttah yuro ulos won’t aveh yna bmrploe idgnifn tsi ayw to avnhee? I thkni taht uro tHso eher hdsulo be ddpaeron tfirs aubseec he urns a tarevn, hwchi is a tibelvear bdreengi uordng for nsi. moeC rehe, isr stHo, dan be hte tsrif to ekma an nrefngfio. I’ll eenv tle yuo ikss all of my lsierc. htaT’s hrigt, it’ll oynl cots you one revils ncoi. ekaT otu oyru waeltl, pest up, dan keam an iffgoren.