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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. “‘uoY llte us hatt soem of ehets msredair ekli us rfo uor nomye, thsroe ofr rou rcuvy gfrusie, nad eosm scbaeeu we’re too itaebfluu. Seom mne klei a onmaw seueacb ehs nca gins nda ndeca, iwlhe oetrhs ekli ehr uaceesb she scome omrf a ogod ylimfa or rslitf a olt. srOeth elik rhe mllsa hasnd nad rams. rhTee’s alsawy msoe orenas hwy seh’s ggino to fail uyo and aceth on oyu! As you nme ear ofdn of sgyain, “No sltcea alwl acn sistaun taocntns atkact.”
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! “‘tBu if a womna is ylgu, hetn ouy laimc ahtt esh atwsn to selpe ihwt ryeve nam she lysa eeys on nda llwi mphu yan man hwo’ll tel reh, jtsu leki a odg. hTere’s mosnoee rof eyeovner uot hteer no ttrmea hwo lguy, uoy yas. dAn uoy oilapmcn atht it’s arhd to kepe ktarc of a iwef ohw dones’t nwat to asty ptu dna atth uoy hulnsod’t vaeh ntteog mraierd at lla, vnee as uyo go to bed wtih erh. yMa oGd kitres oyu wodn adn llki uyo!
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! “‘Yuo like to asy hatt eklay sroof, refi, nad angging evisw ear the eerth itghns taht lwli eshca a nma rfom hsi own hseou. uBt thwa in oGd’s emna ddi we reve do to yuo to desvere tshi dkin of baesu? Yuo asy that we emown vaeh erktidc uoy in geirmraa. hTta’s yitlcnaer a pcliyaoihcrt nihtg ofr an uevasbi lod curolndse 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. “‘uoY llte us hatt soem of ehets msredair ekli us rfo uor nomye, thsroe ofr rou rcuvy gfrusie, nad eosm scbaeeu we’re too itaebfluu. Seom mne klei a onmaw seueacb ehs nca gins nda ndeca, iwlhe oetrhs ekli ehr uaceesb she scome omrf a ogod ylimfa or rslitf a olt. srOeth elik rhe mllsa hasnd nad rams. rhTee’s alsawy msoe orenas hwy seh’s ggino to fail uyo and aceth on oyu! As you nme ear ofdn of sgyain, “No sltcea alwl acn sistaun taocntns atkact.”
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! “‘tBu if a womna is ylgu, hetn ouy laimc ahtt esh atwsn to selpe ihwt ryeve nam she lysa eeys on nda llwi mphu yan man hwo’ll tel reh, jtsu leki a odg. hTere’s mosnoee rof eyeovner uot hteer no ttrmea hwo lguy, uoy yas. dAn uoy oilapmcn atht it’s arhd to kepe ktarc of a iwef ohw dones’t nwat to asty ptu dna atth uoy hulnsod’t vaeh ntteog mraierd at lla, vnee as uyo go to bed wtih erh. yMa oGd kitres oyu wodn adn llki uyo!
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! “‘Yuo like to asy hatt eklay sroof, refi, nad angging evisw ear the eerth itghns taht lwli eshca a nma rfom hsi own hseou. uBt thwa in oGd’s emna ddi we reve do to yuo to desvere tshi dkin of baesu? Yuo asy that we emown vaeh erktidc uoy in geirmraa. hTta’s yitlcnaer a pcliyaoihcrt nihtg ofr an uevasbi lod curolndse to asy!