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<ul><li><p>7/29/2019 The Prologue Middle English Modern English</p><p> 1/2</p><p>About The Canterbury Tales:</p><p>Geoffrey Chaucer wrote The Canterbury Tales, a collection of stories in a frame story, between 1387 and 1400. It is the story of a group of thirty people</p><p>who travel as pilgrims to Canterbury (England). The pilgrims, who come from all layers of society, tell stories to each other to kill time while they travel</p><p>to Canterbury.</p><p>If we trust the General Prologue, Chaucer intended that each pilgrim should tell two tales on the way to Canterbury and two tales on the way back. He</p><p>never finished his enormous project and even the completed tales were not finally revised. Scholars are uncertain about the order of the tales. As the</p><p>printing press had yet to be invented when Chaucer wrote his works, The Canterbury Tales has been passed down in several handwritten manuscripts.</p><p>General Prologuelines 1-42: Introduction</p><p>Here bygynneth the Book of the Tales of Caunterbury</p><p>Whan that Aprill, with hisshoures sooteThedroghteof March hath perced to the roote</p><p>And bathed everyveyneinswichlicour,Of which vertu engendred is the flour;</p><p>5 WhanZephiruseekwith his sweete breethInspired hath in every holt and heeth</p><p>The tendrecroppes, and the yongesonneHath in the Ram his halfe cours yronne,Andsmalefowelesmaken melodye,</p><p>10 That slepen al the nyght with open eye-(SoprikethhemNature in hircorages);</p><p>Thanne longen folk to goon on pilgrimages</p><p>Andpalmeresfor to sekenstraunge strondesToferne halwes,kowtheinsondry londes;15 And specially from every shires ende</p><p>Of Engelond, to Caunterbury they wende,Thehoolyblisfulmartir for tosekeThathemhath holpen, whan that they wereseeke.</p><p>When in April the sweet showers fallThat pierce March's drought to the root and all</p><p>And bathed every vein in liquor that has powerTo generate therein and sire the flower;</p><p>5 When Zephyr also has with his sweet breath,Filled again, in every holt and heath,</p><p>The tender shoots and leaves, and the young sunHis half-course in the sign of the Ram has run,And many little birds make melody</p><p>10 That sleep through all the night with open eye(So Nature pricks them on to ramp and rage)</p><p>Then folk do long to go on pilgrimage,</p><p>And palmers to go seeking out strange strands,To distant shrines well known in distant lands.15 And specially from every shire's end</p><p>Of England they to Canterbury went,The holy blessed martyr there to seekWho helped them when they lay so ill and weak</p><p>Bifilthat in thatseson, on a day,20 In Southwerk at the Tabard as I lay</p><p>It happened that, in that season, on a day20 In Southwark, at the Tabard, as I lay</p></li><li><p>7/29/2019 The Prologue Middle English Modern English</p><p> 2/2</p><p>Redy to wenden on my pilgrymage</p><p>To Caunterbury withfuldevoutcorage,At nyght was come into thathostelryeWel nyne and twenty in a compaignye</p><p>25 Ofsondry folk,by aventureyfalleIn felaweshipe, and pilgrimes were they alle,</p><p>That toward Caunterburywoldenryde.Thechambresand the stables weren wyde,And wel we weren esed atte beste;</p><p>30 And shortly, whan thesonnewasto reste,So hadde I spoken withhemeverichon</p><p>That I was of hir felaweshipeanon,And madeforwarderly for to ryse</p><p>To take our wey, ther as I yowdevyse.</p><p>Ready to go on pilgrimage and startTo Canterbury, full devout at heart,There came at nightfall to that hostelrySome nine and twenty in a company</p><p>25 Of sundry persons who had chanced to fallIn fellowship, and pilgrims were they all</p><p>That toward Canterbury town would ride.The rooms and stables spacious were and wide,And well we there were eased, and of the best.</p><p>30 And briefly, when the sun had gone to rest,So had I spoken with them, every one,</p><p>That I was of their fellowship anon,And made agreement that we'd early rise</p><p>To take the road, as I will to you apprise.35 Butnathelees, whil I have tyme andspace,</p><p>Erthat I ferther in this talepace,Me thynketh it acordaunt to resoun</p><p>To telle yow al the condiciounOfechofhem, so as it semed me,40 And whiche they weren, and of what degree,</p><p>Andeekin whatarraythat they were inne;And at aknyghtthan wol I first bigynne.</p><p>35 But none the less, whilst I have time and space,Before yet further in this tale I pace,It seems to me in accord with reason</p><p>To describe to you the state of every oneOf each of them, as it appeared to me,40 And who they were, and what was their degree,</p><p>And even what clothes they were dressed in;And with a knight thus will I first begin.</p><p>PRLOGO GENERAL</p><p>Las suaves lluvias de abril han penetrado hasta lo ms profundo de la sequa de marzo y empapado todos los vasos con la humedad suficiente para engendrar la flor;</p><p>el delicado aliento de Cfiro ha avivado en los bosques y campos los tiernos retoos y el joven sol ha recorrido la mitad de su camino en el signo de Aries; las</p><p>avecillas, que duermen toda la noche con los ojos abiertos, han comenzado a trinar, pues la Naturaleza les despierta los instintos. En esta poca la gente siente el</p><p>ansia de peregrinar, y los piadosos viajeros desean visitar tierras y distantes santuarios en pases extranjeros; especialmente desde los lugares ms recnditos de los</p><p>condados ingleses llegan a Canterbury para visitar al bienaventurado y santo mrtir que les ayud cuando estaban enfermos.Un da, por aquellas fechas del ao, a la posada de El Tabardo, de Southwark, en donde me alojaba dispuesto a emprender mi devota peregrinacin a Canterbury,</p><p>lleg al anochecer un grupo de 29 personas. Pertenecan a diversos estamentos, se haban reunido por casualidad, e iban de camino hacia Canterbury.</p><p>Las habitaciones y establos eran cmodos y todos recibimos el cuidado ms esmerado. En resumen, a la puesta del sol ya haba conversado con todos ellos y me</p><p>haban aceptado en el grupo. Acordamos levantarnos pronto para emprender el viaje como les voy a contar.</p><p>Sin embargo, creo conveniente, antes de proseguir la historia, describir, mientras tengo tiempo y ocasin, cmo era cada uno de ellos segn yo los vea, quines</p><p>eran, de qu clase social y cmo iban vestidos. Empezar por el Caballero.</p></li></ul>


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