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Anonymous asked in Education & ReferenceHomework Help · 1 decade ago

Middle english help PLEASE! 10 PTS I if i could give more i totally would!?

These are sentences we are supposed to translate.... but im so bad with old english.

1.Hath in the ram his half cours y ronne,

2. and sma le flowe les ma ken mel-o dy-e

3. That sle pen al the nyght with o pen y-e

4. so pri keth hem na-ture in hir cor-a-ges, thanne long en folk to goon on pil gri-ma -ges

5.and pal me-res for to so ken straun ge stron -des

6. to ferne hal-wes kowthe in son-dry lon-des

7. and spe ci-al-ly from e-ve-ry shi-res ed-de

8.Of engelond to caun-ter bury they wen-de

9. the hooly glis ful mar tir for to se-ke

10. That hem hath hol pen whan that they were see-ke

.... its from chaucer's wife of bath...... but i don't understand like ANY OF IT!!

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  • Feisty
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago
    Best Answer

    Here's the tale in "modern" English:

    http://www.geocities.com/CollegePark/Hall/1170/cha...

  • 1 decade ago

    ram = refers to the constellation's position in the sky, I think, and thus the season, spring

    sma le = smalle

    mel-o dy-e = melody, music

    thanne long en folk = then people want to, long to

    pil gri-mag-ges = pilgrimages

    ronne = run

    sle pen = slept

    shi-res = shire, or village

    wende= went

    hooly = holy

    mar tir = martyr or religious followers

    se-ke = seek, look for

    whan = when

    Don't worry, it gets easier. Try reading aloud. I think some lines will be easier to understand when you hear them pronounced aloud. Also read Cliffs so you know what to look for in the passage, then go back and try to figure out how those words could make that meaning. :)

  • 1 decade ago

    The first one means that it's halfway through the month of the zodiac Aires the Ram. Don't remember the rest any more.

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