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Wo

Woe

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Lordynges

Gentlemen

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Enterne on lyve

Eternally alive

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Housbondes at chirche dore I have had fyve

I have had five husbands at the church door

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Degree

In their own way

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But me was toold, certeyn, nat longe agoon is

But to me it was told, certainly, it is not long ago

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Cane of Galilee

Cana of Galilee

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Herkne eek, lo,

Listen also, lo

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Spak in repreeve

Spoke in reproof

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Nones

Purpose

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ilke

Same

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Axe

Ask

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Myn age

My lifetime

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Upon this nombre diffinicioun

A definition of this number

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Men may devyne and glosen, up and doun

Men may conjecture and interpret in every way

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Woot

Know

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Lye

Lie

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God bad us for to wexe

God commanded us to grow fruitful

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But of no nombre mencion made he, of bigamye, or of octgamye

But he made no mention of number, of marrying two, or of marrying eight

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Why sholde men thanne speke of it vileynye?

Why should men then speak evil of it?

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Daun

Dan

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I trowe he hadde

I believe he had

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As wolde God it leveful were unto me

As would God it were lawful unto me

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Hadde he for alle his wyvys!

He had because of all his wives!

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No man hath swich that in this world alyve is

No man that in this world is alive has such

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Woot

Knows

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As to my wit

According to my judgement

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Myrie

Merry

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So wel was hym on lyve

So well things went for him in his lifetime

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Nether purs and of here cheste

Lower purse and of their strongbox

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Diverse scoles maken parfyt clerks

Differing schools make perfect clerks

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Sondry

Various

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Parfyt sekirly

Truly perfect

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Of fyve husbondes scoleiyng am I

Of five husbands' schooling am I

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Sothe

Truly

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Anon

Straightaway

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A Goddes half, where it liketh me

By God's side, wherever it pleases me

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Bet it is to be wedded than to brynne

It is better to be wedded than to burn

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What rekketh me, thogh folk seye vileynye of shrewed Lameth and his bigayme?

What do I care, though folk speak evil of cursed Lamech and his bigamy?

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Ferforth

Insofar

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Seye

Find

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Manere age

Historical period

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Defended

Forbad

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Drede

Doubt

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He seyde that precept therof hadde he noon

He said that he had no precept concerning it

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Men may conseille a womman to been oon

Men may advise women to be one

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Conseillyng

Advising

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Putte

Left

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Dampned

Damned

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Dede

Act

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Wherof

Where from

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Poul dorste nat comanden, atte leeste

In any case, Paul dared not command

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Yaf noon heeste

Gave no command

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Dart

Prize

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Cacche whoso may, who renneth best lat see

Catch it whoever can, let's see who runs best

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But this word is nat taken of every wight

But this word does not apply to every person

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But ther as God lust gyve it of his myght

But where God desires to give it by his power

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Mayde

Virgin

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Wroot

Wrote

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Swich

Such

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Al nys but conseil to virginitee

All is nothing but advice to virginity

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For to been a wyf he yaf me leve
Of indulgence; so nys it no repreve

He gave me leave to be a wife
By explicit permission; so it is not blameful

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If that make dye

If my mate should die

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Excepcion to bigamy

Objection to bigamy

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Al were it good no womman for to touche

Although it would be good to touch no woman

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For peril is bothe fyr and tow t' assemble

For it is perilous to assemble both fire and flax

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Resemble

Apply to

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Al and som

The sum of it

69

Freeletee clepe I, but if that he and she

Weakness I call it, unless he and she

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Would leden al hir

Would lead all their life

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Preferre bigamye

May have precedence over a second marriage

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It liketh hem

It pleases them

73

Goost

Spirit

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Of myn estaat I nyl nat make no boost

Of my state I will make no boast

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He nath nat every vessel al of gold

He has not every utensil all of gold

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Clepeth

Calls

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Sondry wyse

Various ways