Tuesday, 9 April 2019

MA English: The Canterbury tales lines 100-117


The Yeoman: Old englsih

101.) A yeman hadde he and servantz namo
102.) At that tyme, for hym liste ride so,
103.) And he was clad in cote and hood of grene.
104.)  A sheef of pecok arwes, bright ad kene,
105.) Under his belt he bar ful thriftily,
106.) (wel koude he dresse his takel yemanly:
107.) His arwes drouped noght with fetheres lowe)
108.) And in his hand he baar a myghty bowe.
109.) A not heed hadde he, with  a broun visage.
110.)  of wodecraft wel Koude he al the usage.
111.) Upon his arm he baar a gay bracer,
112.) And by his syde a swerd and a bokeler,
113.) And on that oother syde a gay daggere
114.) Harneised wel and sharp as point of spere;
115.)  A christopher on his brest of silver sheene.
116.) An Horn he bar, the bawdryk was of grene;
117.) A Forster was he, soothly, as I gesse.

Modern English

101.)  The Knight brought no more servants than one
102.)  As he then preferred so, he chose only his yeoman.
103.)  Clad in green coat and hood, this nice yeoman was
104.)  Full of bright, Sharp peacock arrows, his sheaf was
105.)  This he bore under his belt quietly carefully.
106.)  He knew how to keep his tackle yeomanly.
107.)  His arrows dropped not with feathers low.
108.)  In his hand he held a quite tight bow.
109.)  A Cropped head had he and a sun- burnt visage.
110.)  Of wordcraft knew he every tactful usage.
111.)  Upon his arm he carried a bright bracer.
112.)  At one side there was his sword and Buckler
113.)  His other side showed a well-sheathed dagger
114.)  No less sharp that the point of a spear.
115.)  A Christopher on his breast of silver sheene.
116.)  An horn he bar. The bawdryk was of grene
117.)  A forester was he, soothly, as I gesse.





The Difficult Word Meaning:

Old word
Modern
Meaning
Yeman
Yeoman
Hadde
Had
Servatz
Servants
Namo
No more
Liste
It pleased him ( knight)
Clad
Dressed
Cote
Coat
Grene
Green
Sheef
Sheaf or bundle
Pecok
Peacock
Arwes
Arrows (Plumed with peacock feathers(

Old word
Modern
Meaning
Kene
Keen
Bar
Bore, Carried
Ful
Full
Thriftly
Carefully
Wel
Well
Koude
Knew how to
Dresse
Prepare
Takel
Tackle, Equipment's, apparatus
Yemanly
Like a yeoman
Drouped
Dropped
Nought
Not

Old word
Modern
Meaning
Fethers
Feathers
Lowe
Bending downward
Baar
Bore or carried
Myghty
Strong
Bowe
Bow
Broun
Brown
Visage
Face
Wodecraft
Woodcraft
Gay
Bright
Syde
Side
Swerd
Sword

Old word
Modern
Meaning
Bokeler
Buckler
Oother
Other
Dagger
A large Knife
Harneised
Decorated
Spere
Spear
Cristophere
St. Christopher (Died c.250)
Brest
Breast
Sheene
Gleaming brightness or luster
Horn
A horn like musical instrument
Bawdryk
Bawdric, a belt for a sword
Grene
Green

Paraphrase:


In the pilgrimage journey, the knight had not taken more than one servant Yeoman. This yeoman was Clad (dressed) in coat and green hood. Under his belt, this yeoman carried very cautiously (carefully) a sheaf (Bundle) of bright and sharp arrows plumed (adorned or decorated) with peacock feathers. The yeoman knew how to arrange his tackle (tools or gear) like an experienced  yeoman. His arrows did not slant drop down from the air with their trailing peacock feathers. In his hand he tightly held a mighty (strong) bow. His head was closely cropped or nearly bald. He had a brown visage (face). He knew very well every usage (act of using or technique) of wood craft. Upon his arm he bore (carried)  a showy arm-guard. There hung by his side a sword and a buckler (a small shield used in parrying or turning aside a blow and attack). On the other side, there hung a showy but nicely harnessed (held on a leash or cord) dagger which looked as sharp as a spear point. On his breast he wore a bright silvery image of St. Christopher. He also carried a horn of green baldric (belt). Truly speaking he was a forester, as I guess it so.
In the pilgrimage journey, the knight had not taken more than one servant Yeoman. This yeoman was Clad (dressed) in coat and green hood. Under his belt, this yeoman carried very cautiously (carefully) a sheaf (Bundle) of bright and sharp arrows plumed (adorned or decorated) with peacock feathers. The yeoman knew how to arrange his tackle (tools or gear) like an experienced  yeoman. His arrows did not slant drop down from the air with their trailing peacock feathers. In his hand he tightly held a mighty (strong) bow. His head was closely cropped or nearly bald. He had a brown visage (face). He knew very well every usage (act of using or technique) of wood craftt. Upon his arm he bore (carried)  a showy arm-guard. There hung by his side a sword and a buckle (a small shield used in parrying or turning aside a blow and attack). On the other side, there hung a showy but nicely harnessed (held on a leash or cord) dagger which looked as sharp as a spear point. On his breast he wore a bright silvery image of St. Christopher. He also carried a horn of green baldric (belt). Truly speaking he was a forester, as I guess it so.

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