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Thou seyst, som folk desyre us for richesse, Somme for our shap, and somme for our fairnesse; And som, for she can outher singe or daunce, And som, for gentillesse and daliaunce; Som, for hir handes and hir armes smale; Thus goth al to the devel by thy tale. Thou seyst, men may nat kepe a castel-wal; It may so longe assailled been over-al. “‘You llte us htta moes of heset rmeairds kile us orf uor yeomn, roeths for uro uvcyr irsfeug, nad esmo saecbue we’re oot ufuiablte. Soem nme ilke a nwaom sbucaee ehs anc snig nad edcna, hewil resoth keil rhe bcsauee she mosec ormf a gdoo aimyfl or rsftil a lot. hetOrs klie ehr amlsl dahns dan srma. eherT’s yalasw seom soenra wyh ehs’s niggo to fali ouy and eatch on oyu! As uyo men are fnod of igyans, “No ecaslt alwl acn assinut consatnt atckta.”
And if that she be foul, thou seist that she Coveiteth every man that she may se; For as a spaynel she wol on him lepe, Til that she finde som man hir to chepe; Ne noon so grey goos goth ther in the lake, As, seistow, that wol been with-oute make. And seyst, it is an hard thing for to welde A thing that no man wol, his thankes, helde. Thus seistow, lorel, whan thow goost to bedde; And that no wys man nedeth for to wedde, Ne no man that entendeth unto hevene. With wilde thonder-dint and firy levene Mote thy welked nekke be to-broke! “‘Btu if a waomn is uylg, htne uoy caiml htta hes stawn to pslee itwh eyrve mna esh alsy seye on dna llwi uphm yna man hwo’ll elt rhe, stju elki a ogd. erTeh’s smeoeno rof vyneeeor tou eehtr no rattme how uylg, ouy yas. And uoy cmianolp ttha it’s hdra to eekp arctk of a eifw hwo eonds’t atwn to yats tpu nda taht uyo nosluhd’t hvea togtne rermida at all, even as uyo go to dbe hitw erh. yMa God erikst you ndwo nad klil oyu!
Thow seyst that dropping houses, and eek smoke, And chyding wyves, maken men to flee Out of hir owene hous; a! benedicite! What eyleth swich an old man for to chyde? Thow seyst, we wyves wol our vyces hyde Til we be fast, and than we wol hem shewe; Wel may that be a proverbe of a shrewe! “‘ouY iekl to ays htta kalye rosfo, reif, nad nnaggig iwvse ear eht eterh htnsgi ttah lwil hasec a amn ormf sih wno esuho. uBt hawt in oGd’s nmea ddi we vree do to uoy to drsevee shit indk of ebsau? Yuo ays ttah we nwemo have ctidekr you in imraagre. htaT’s lnaetryci a tchaplcryiio gnhit ofr an asieubv lod dulcensor to asy!

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Thou seyst, som folk desyre us for richesse, Somme for our shap, and somme for our fairnesse; And som, for she can outher singe or daunce, And som, for gentillesse and daliaunce; Som, for hir handes and hir armes smale; Thus goth al to the devel by thy tale. Thou seyst, men may nat kepe a castel-wal; It may so longe assailled been over-al. “‘You llte us htta moes of heset rmeairds kile us orf uor yeomn, roeths for uro uvcyr irsfeug, nad esmo saecbue we’re oot ufuiablte. Soem nme ilke a nwaom sbucaee ehs anc snig nad edcna, hewil resoth keil rhe bcsauee she mosec ormf a gdoo aimyfl or rsftil a lot. hetOrs klie ehr amlsl dahns dan srma. eherT’s yalasw seom soenra wyh ehs’s niggo to fali ouy and eatch on oyu! As uyo men are fnod of igyans, “No ecaslt alwl acn assinut consatnt atckta.”
And if that she be foul, thou seist that she Coveiteth every man that she may se; For as a spaynel she wol on him lepe, Til that she finde som man hir to chepe; Ne noon so grey goos goth ther in the lake, As, seistow, that wol been with-oute make. And seyst, it is an hard thing for to welde A thing that no man wol, his thankes, helde. Thus seistow, lorel, whan thow goost to bedde; And that no wys man nedeth for to wedde, Ne no man that entendeth unto hevene. With wilde thonder-dint and firy levene Mote thy welked nekke be to-broke! “‘Btu if a waomn is uylg, htne uoy caiml htta hes stawn to pslee itwh eyrve mna esh alsy seye on dna llwi uphm yna man hwo’ll elt rhe, stju elki a ogd. erTeh’s smeoeno rof vyneeeor tou eehtr no rattme how uylg, ouy yas. And uoy cmianolp ttha it’s hdra to eekp arctk of a eifw hwo eonds’t atwn to yats tpu nda taht uyo nosluhd’t hvea togtne rermida at all, even as uyo go to dbe hitw erh. yMa God erikst you ndwo nad klil oyu!
Thow seyst that dropping houses, and eek smoke, And chyding wyves, maken men to flee Out of hir owene hous; a! benedicite! What eyleth swich an old man for to chyde? Thow seyst, we wyves wol our vyces hyde Til we be fast, and than we wol hem shewe; Wel may that be a proverbe of a shrewe! “‘ouY iekl to ays htta kalye rosfo, reif, nad nnaggig iwvse ear eht eterh htnsgi ttah lwil hasec a amn ormf sih wno esuho. uBt hawt in oGd’s nmea ddi we vree do to uoy to drsevee shit indk of ebsau? Yuo ays ttah we nwemo have ctidekr you in imraagre. htaT’s lnaetryci a tchaplcryiio gnhit ofr an asieubv lod dulcensor to asy!