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Wo was this knight and sorwefully he syketh; But what! he may nat do al as him lyketh. And at the laste, he chees him for to wende, And come agayn, right at the yeres ende, With swich answere as God wolde him purveye; And taketh his leve, and wendeth forth his weye. The sad tiknhg deheav a pdee hsgi btu dah no ranswe ofr hte equne. Adn so he idceedd to aevle adn craseh fro trwhaeve areswn to het neequ’s qunoteis Gdo nfuod fti to evig imh.
He seketh every hous and every place, Wher-as he hopeth for to finde grace, To lerne, what thing wommen loven most; But he ne coude arryven in no cost, Wher-as he mighte finde in this matere Two creatures accordinge in-fere. heT ikgthn okdoel reereewhyv to fndi out awht enmow antw stmo. He lkodeo in eevyr uheos nad in yan ecpal eherw eolepp owlud lkat with imh. He duonlc’t fnid yna alepc, gthohu, wrehe two eepopl wlodu igev imh het mase awnesr.
Somme seyde, wommen loven best richesse, Somme seyde, honour, somme seyde, Iolynesse; Somme, riche array, somme seyden, lust abedde, And ofte tyme to be widwe and wedde. eSom leeopp ltod imh atth omwen voel omyen het tsom. shtreO, oonrh. eoSm asdi pisasphne nda ruhlgtae, nda seorth diaclem nwemo leki einc tleoshc adn nfie lreyjew. omSe dsai nemow tnwa odgo exs, adn esorht dsai mnwoe wtna to be ealb to yrram elulmipt sietm.
Somme seyde, that our hertes been most esed, Whan that we been y-flatered and y-plesed. He gooth ful ny the sothe, I wol nat lye; A man shal winne us best with flaterye; And with attendance, and with bisinesse, Been we y-lymed, bothe more and lesse. heOrt plepoe aisd tath we owemn twna to be tedetarfl erom ahtn aygihnnt esle, nda—I’ll oscfnes—tsih is ctaylula yettrp scoel to eth turth esinc we enmow cna be own wthi cine osrwd and tcsntona tittenoan.
And somme seyn, how that we loven best For to be free, and do right as us lest, And that no man repreve us of our vyce, But seye that we be wyse, and no-thing nyce. For trewely, ther is noon of us alle, If any wight wol clawe us on the galle, That we nil kike, for he seith us sooth; Assay, and he shal finde it that so dooth. For be we never so vicious with-inne, We wol been holden wyse, and clene of sinne. rtehO lpepoe dias ahtt we wonme nawt fmdeoer rmoe tahn tyhnigan else, eodfmer to do hteaevrw we tnaw thwoiut avnihg men uonrda to osdlc dan ellt us woh islly we rae. No owmna eslik to reha shti, veen if it’s eht hutrt. Go adhea nda ytr it, and see woh uyor nmaow tersac!

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Wo was this knight and sorwefully he syketh; But what! he may nat do al as him lyketh. And at the laste, he chees him for to wende, And come agayn, right at the yeres ende, With swich answere as God wolde him purveye; And taketh his leve, and wendeth forth his weye. The sad tiknhg deheav a pdee hsgi btu dah no ranswe ofr hte equne. Adn so he idceedd to aevle adn craseh fro trwhaeve areswn to het neequ’s qunoteis Gdo nfuod fti to evig imh.
He seketh every hous and every place, Wher-as he hopeth for to finde grace, To lerne, what thing wommen loven most; But he ne coude arryven in no cost, Wher-as he mighte finde in this matere Two creatures accordinge in-fere. heT ikgthn okdoel reereewhyv to fndi out awht enmow antw stmo. He lkodeo in eevyr uheos nad in yan ecpal eherw eolepp owlud lkat with imh. He duonlc’t fnid yna alepc, gthohu, wrehe two eepopl wlodu igev imh het mase awnesr.
Somme seyde, wommen loven best richesse, Somme seyde, honour, somme seyde, Iolynesse; Somme, riche array, somme seyden, lust abedde, And ofte tyme to be widwe and wedde. eSom leeopp ltod imh atth omwen voel omyen het tsom. shtreO, oonrh. eoSm asdi pisasphne nda ruhlgtae, nda seorth diaclem nwemo leki einc tleoshc adn nfie lreyjew. omSe dsai nemow tnwa odgo exs, adn esorht dsai mnwoe wtna to be ealb to yrram elulmipt sietm.
Somme seyde, that our hertes been most esed, Whan that we been y-flatered and y-plesed. He gooth ful ny the sothe, I wol nat lye; A man shal winne us best with flaterye; And with attendance, and with bisinesse, Been we y-lymed, bothe more and lesse. heOrt plepoe aisd tath we owemn twna to be tedetarfl erom ahtn aygihnnt esle, nda—I’ll oscfnes—tsih is ctaylula yettrp scoel to eth turth esinc we enmow cna be own wthi cine osrwd and tcsntona tittenoan.
And somme seyn, how that we loven best For to be free, and do right as us lest, And that no man repreve us of our vyce, But seye that we be wyse, and no-thing nyce. For trewely, ther is noon of us alle, If any wight wol clawe us on the galle, That we nil kike, for he seith us sooth; Assay, and he shal finde it that so dooth. For be we never so vicious with-inne, We wol been holden wyse, and clene of sinne. rtehO lpepoe dias ahtt we wonme nawt fmdeoer rmoe tahn tyhnigan else, eodfmer to do hteaevrw we tnaw thwoiut avnihg men uonrda to osdlc dan ellt us woh islly we rae. No owmna eslik to reha shti, veen if it’s eht hutrt. Go adhea nda ytr it, and see woh uyor nmaow tersac!