Continue reading with a SparkNotes PLUS trial

Original Text

Modern Text

Virginitee is greet perfeccioun, And continence eek with devocioun. But Crist, that of perfeccioun is welle, Bad nat every wight he shold go selle All that he hadde, and give it to the pore, And in swich wyse folwe hime and his fore. He spak to hem that wolde live parfitly; And lordinges, by your leve, that am nat I. I wol bistowe the flour of al myn age In the actes and in fruit of mariage. “gyiiVtrni is a nkid of rpetnoifce, as is teeovdd anmooidter. But sseJu—ohw is eth ptomeei of toerfcnipe—ernve asid we odshlu be like ihm, lesl eghtyenvri we ahev, nad igve it to eht oopr. ahtT asgeems aws denndeti orf pepoel hwo tdaewn to eilv cepfter viles—dan ahtt, dmni uyo, ins’t me. I vaeh encohs to vtesin gyertnvhei I have in het acts nad iursft of rrageiam.
Telle me also, to what conclusioun Were membres maad of generacioun, And for what profit was a wight y-wroght? Trusteth right wel, they wer nat maad for noght. Glose who-so wole, and seye bothe up and doun, That they were maked for purgacioun Of urine, and our bothe thinges smale Were eek to knowe a femele from a male, And for noone other cause: sey ye no? The experience woot wel it is noght so; So that the clerkes be nat with me wrothe, I sey this, that they maked been for bothe, This is to seye, for office, and for ese Of engendrure, ther we nat God displese. Why sholde men elles in hir bokes sette, That man shal yelde to his wyf hir dette? Now wher-with sholde he make his payement, If he ne used his sely instrument? Than were they maad upon a creature, To purge uryne, and eek for engendrure. “nAd nroeaht gtinh: hyW erew elam dna ealmfe alteings edma so rpfcyelte rof heca reoth if heyt enrwe’t amnet to be ueds? hyTe ewern’t dame fro gotninh, ttah’s rof ures! emoS lepepo lliw wesar up dna odwn inutl yhet’re eubl in het eacf hatt oru viptsare eewr adme rof igepen adn nlltieg het renfdeicef enebtwe emn nda mnewo nad ngtohni eles. hWta do ouy nthki of atth? xnerecpiEe, vheweor, sletl us isht isn’t so. Btu, rof eth akes of you nuns, psrtesi, nad rafsri gdrini hiwt us, I’ll tjsu yas hatt rou erptavi sartp erwe aedm rof ohtb sbsenisu dan preeulas, so nogl as it’s fro gvhain crnelidh so hatt we ndo’t aregn God. Why else do men rewit that nhsbusda hsould ‘

yap hiter wiesv theri dteb

1 Cnhtioinrsa 7:3

ayp retih iwvse irthe debt
,’ i.e., giev emth ueslxa uaselepr? owN, owh acn a uyg go uatbo ‘aignpy hsi edtb’ to ish iwfe seulsn he seus ish iusmelacn mbmree? So you see, rou vpasteir wree eignv to us for pngeei dan for giahnv cdernilh.

Original Text

Modern Text

Virginitee is greet perfeccioun, And continence eek with devocioun. But Crist, that of perfeccioun is welle, Bad nat every wight he shold go selle All that he hadde, and give it to the pore, And in swich wyse folwe hime and his fore. He spak to hem that wolde live parfitly; And lordinges, by your leve, that am nat I. I wol bistowe the flour of al myn age In the actes and in fruit of mariage. “gyiiVtrni is a nkid of rpetnoifce, as is teeovdd anmooidter. But sseJu—ohw is eth ptomeei of toerfcnipe—ernve asid we odshlu be like ihm, lesl eghtyenvri we ahev, nad igve it to eht oopr. ahtT asgeems aws denndeti orf pepoel hwo tdaewn to eilv cepfter viles—dan ahtt, dmni uyo, ins’t me. I vaeh encohs to vtesin gyertnvhei I have in het acts nad iursft of rrageiam.
Telle me also, to what conclusioun Were membres maad of generacioun, And for what profit was a wight y-wroght? Trusteth right wel, they wer nat maad for noght. Glose who-so wole, and seye bothe up and doun, That they were maked for purgacioun Of urine, and our bothe thinges smale Were eek to knowe a femele from a male, And for noone other cause: sey ye no? The experience woot wel it is noght so; So that the clerkes be nat with me wrothe, I sey this, that they maked been for bothe, This is to seye, for office, and for ese Of engendrure, ther we nat God displese. Why sholde men elles in hir bokes sette, That man shal yelde to his wyf hir dette? Now wher-with sholde he make his payement, If he ne used his sely instrument? Than were they maad upon a creature, To purge uryne, and eek for engendrure. “nAd nroeaht gtinh: hyW erew elam dna ealmfe alteings edma so rpfcyelte rof heca reoth if heyt enrwe’t amnet to be ueds? hyTe ewern’t dame fro gotninh, ttah’s rof ures! emoS lepepo lliw wesar up dna odwn inutl yhet’re eubl in het eacf hatt oru viptsare eewr adme rof igepen adn nlltieg het renfdeicef enebtwe emn nda mnewo nad ngtohni eles. hWta do ouy nthki of atth? xnerecpiEe, vheweor, sletl us isht isn’t so. Btu, rof eth akes of you nuns, psrtesi, nad rafsri gdrini hiwt us, I’ll tjsu yas hatt rou erptavi sartp erwe aedm rof ohtb sbsenisu dan preeulas, so nogl as it’s fro gvhain crnelidh so hatt we ndo’t aregn God. Why else do men rewit that nhsbusda hsould ‘

yap hiter wiesv theri dteb

1 Cnhtioinrsa 7:3

ayp retih iwvse irthe debt
,’ i.e., giev emth ueslxa uaselepr? owN, owh acn a uyg go uatbo ‘aignpy hsi edtb’ to ish iwfe seulsn he seus ish iusmelacn mbmree? So you see, rou vpasteir wree eignv to us for pngeei dan for giahnv cdernilh.