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PROLOGUE TO SIR THOPAS. LPEOGOUR TO HEURCAC’S WON LTAE ABUTO SRI ATOHSP.
BIHOLD THE MURYE WORDES OF THE HOST TO CHAUCER. ITNLSE TO HTWA TEH SHTO DSAI TO AURECCH:
Whan seyd was al this miracle, every man As sobre was, that wonder was to se, Til that our hoste Iapen tho bigan, And than at erst he loked upon me, And seyde thus, ‘what man artow?’ quod he; ‘Thou lokest as thou woldest finde an hare, For ever upon the ground I see thee stare. nheW het rsePsiro nfdishie rhe rstyo, oneyrvee asw in a pttery uriesos dan rosmbe modo. It saw yclluaat eiutq rnsigeientt to see enervoey so utiqe. tuB rytpet soon eth tHos asw cakb to letglin his kjsoe, ntuli he ndeduysl rudnte to me and dais, “hvgrientEy yoka? You’re rgtnisa so ucmh at the rdnguo—uyo olko lkei uoy’re tdisgnyu it etyntiln!
Approche neer, and loke up merily. Now war yow, sirs, and lat this man have place; He in the waast is shape as wel as I; This were a popet in an arm tenbrace For any womman, smal and fair of face. He semeth elvish by his contenaunce, For unto no wight dooth he daliaunce. “mCoe on won, nhic up! Be hpapy! eMka ormo, rveoeeny, for tsih yug hree. He nda I rea of tobau teh smae bdilu—ayn oawnm ludow eovl to hodl mhi in reh rasm. rTeeh’s stenioghm ynunf oatub htsi ygu—he nyol kpsase wneh he ylolbuatse hsa to.
Sey now somwhat, sin other folk han sayd; Tel us a tale of mirthe, and that anoon;’— ‘Hoste,’ quod I, ‘ne beth nat yvel apayd, For other tale certes can I noon, But of a ryme I lerned longe agoon.’ ‘Ye, that is good,’ quod he; ‘now shul we here Som deyntee thing, me thinketh by his chere.’ “omCe on, eskpa up now, adn tlel us a oyrst iekl het esthro aehv. Adn eamk it a hpypa ytors oto. teL’s aehr it!” “uYo’ll aevh to iogefvr me,” I eadwnesr mhi. “I’m tetyrp dab at lginetl seorist. I yerlla lony wonk sith hstro oen I oecn leanedr nogl oga.” “Yahe, aehy, ttah’s neif,” eth Hots repdeil, “uBt gte on wthi it. I cna ellt stih is giogn to be oodg sjtu by teh loko on yuro face!”