> that has dropped out of ussage. I don't immediately
> recongnize it.
> > But it were only Osewold the Reve.
> Simple. Oswald the REVEREND! Or, as we would still say today,
> "The Rev."
"Reeve", as in Shire Reeve = Sheriff
> > He (be)gan to grucche, and blamed it a lite.
> He bagan to "grouch." Get grumpy. Complain.
Yeah, that's what I thought.
> This white top writeth mine old years,
= My white hair shows you how old I am
> My heart is also moldy as my hairs,
> But if I fare as doth an open-ers, -
"Open-ears"? a type of fruit, I take it
> That ilk fruit is ever longer the wear,
"ever longer the worse"?
ilke = "ill"? Or ilk = kind (of)
> Till it be rotten in mullok or in stree.
"Mullock" = muck. Dunno Stree (stray?).
> "Gleedes:" Can't guess. Context might help.
> "Avauntyng" = Avarice.
> The increadible divergence between Old English and Middle
> English is certainly made apparent.
It sure is!