Monday, 1 April 2019

MA English: The Canterbury Tales lines 25-42


The Canterbury Tales Line 25-42: 

Old English

25.) Of sondry folk, by aventure yfalle
26.) In
felaweshipe, and pilgrimes were they alle,
27.) That toward
cauterbury wolden ryde.
28.) The
Chamres and the stables were wyde,
29.) And
wel we weren esed atte beste,
30.) And shortly,
whan the sonne was to reste,
31.) So
hadde I Spoken with hem everichon
32.) That I was of
hir felaweshipe anon,
33.) And made forward
erly for to ryse,
34.) To take
oure wey ther as I yow devyse
35.) But
natheless, whil I have tyme and space,
36.)
Er that I ferther in this tale pace,
37.) Me
thynketh it acordaunt to resoun
38.) To
telle yow al the condicioun
39.) Of
ech of hem, so as it semed me,
40.) And
whiche they weren, and of what degree,
41.) And eek in what array that they were
42.) And at a
knyght that wol I first bigynne

 Modern English

25.) Different persons who soon began to fall
26.) In fellowship, as pilgrims they were all.
27.) Toward Canterbury they wanted to ride.
28.) The rooms and stables of the Inn were wide,
29.) The spacious inn accommodated us very comfortably.
30.) when the sun began to set, let me tell you shortly,
31.) I had already spoken with them so intimately
32.) That I became was one of these fellows immediately,
33.) we made unanimous agreement to rise early
34.) To reach our destination as I will tell you impartially.
35.) Nonetheless, while I have now enough time and space
36.) Before making further in this take any pace,
37.) I think it to be accordant with reason
38.) if I inform you of the state of everyone
39.) of all these Pilgrims, just as it seemed to me,
40.) I mean who they were, what was their degree,
41.) And also in what clothes they were dressed in.
42.) so With a knight then will I first begin





Difficult Word Meaning:


Old word
Modern
Meaning
Sondry
Sundry various

Aventure
Chance

Yfalle
Fell into

Felaweshipe
Fellowship,

Alle
All

Wolden
Would
Ryde
Ride

Chambres
Rooms

Stable
A building for keeping horses

Wyde
Wide
ěž
Wel
Well

Old word
Modern
Meaning
Esed
Eased

Atte
At

Beste
Best

Shortly
Briefly speaking

Whan
When

The sonne
The sun

Reste
About to set in the west

Hadde
Had

Hem
Them

Everichon
Everyone

Was of
Became a member of

Old word
Modern
Meaning
Hir
Their

Anon
At once

Made
We came to

Forward
Agreement

Erly
Early

For to
To

Ryse
Rise

Oure
Our

Wey
Way

Ther
There

Yow
you

Old word
Modern
Meaning
Devise
Will just inform you

Nathless
Nevertheless

Whil
While

Tyme
Time

Er
Before

Ferther
Futher

Pace
To step forward

Me thinketh
I think

Acordaunt to
According to

Resoun
Rationality

Condicioun
condition

Paraphrase:

it was a pilgrim party of sundry (Different)  folk (people) who had just fallen by chance into this temporary fellowship. They were all pilgrims. They wanted to ride their horses toward Canterbury. The chambers (rooms) and stables of this tavern (inn) were quite spacious (wide). We were eased (comforted) very well, rather in the best possible manner. Shortly speaking, till the time when the sun was about to set, I had already spoken so heartily with everyone of them, that soon I felt that I was worthy of their fellowship. We (not I) even made an agreement to the effect that we should rise early next morning to make (take) our way to Canterbury as I am just going to tell you. Nevertheless, while I have still enough time and space before proceeding further in this tale, I think it to be in accordance with reason (wisdom) to tell you all the conditions relating to (about) each one of them, exactly as they seemed (appeared) so to me to the best of my knowledge and belief. I shall inform you who they were, of what degree (height) of social and moral ranks they were, and also in what clothes they were dressed. I will first of all begin with knight. 

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