> > Without cheating, perhaps you could hazard a guess as to what
> > the following highlighted words mean:
> > Of Absolon and hende Nicholas,
> Hende is one that gave me pause. It does appear to be a word
> that has dropped out of ussage. I don't immediately
> recongnize it.
hende (adj.) courteous, pleasant
> > But it were only Osewold the Reve.
> Simple. Oswald the REVEREND! Or, as we would still say today,
> "The Rev."
reve (noun) reeve, manager of an estate or farm
> > He (be)gan to grucche, and blamed it a lite.
> He bagan to "grouch." Get grumpy. Complain.
grucche, grucchen (verb) complain
> > This white top writeth myne olde yeris, Myn herte is also
> > mowled as myne heris, But if I fare as dooth an
> > open-ers, - That ilke fruyt is ever lenger
> > the wers, Til it be roten in mullok or in
> > stree.
> This white top writeth mine old years, My heart is also
> moldy as my hairs, But if I fare as doth an
> open-ers, - That ilk fruit is ever longer
> the wear, Till it be rotten in mullok or in
> "Open-ers" doth confuse me. :-)
Okay, so that was a trick one.
open-ers (noun) fruit of the medlar,a tree of the rose family bearing small brown apple-like fruits which are eaten when decayed
> "Ilke," based on context and
> form suggests "distasteful."
ilke (adj.) same
> "Ever longer the wers" meaning
> "exposed for a long time (wers = wear)."
ever lenger the wers, increasingly worse
> "Mullok," a noun,
> possibly refering mould.
mullok (noun) rubbish, garbage
> Same goes for "stree."
stree (noun), straw
> > "Foure gleedes have we which I shall devise, -
> > Avauntyng, lyng, anger, covetousness; These four
> > sparkles long unto eelde.
> "Gleedes:" Can't guess. Context might help.
gleedes (noun), embers
> "Avauntyng" = Avarice.
avauntyng (verbal noun), boasting
But at the risk of all this descending into farce, I guess I'm barking up the wrong tree.