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Middle English
Whan that Aprill with his shoures soote
Pronunciation
Whán that Áprill wíth his shóures sóote
Modern English
When April with its sweet-smelling showers

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Definitions: Whan (when, whenever), Aprill (April), his (his/its)
shoures (showers, rain storm; battle, attack), soote (fragrant, sweet, pleasing)



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Middle English
The droghte of March hath perced to the roote,
Pronunciation
The dróght(e) of Márch hath pérced tó the róote,
Modern English
Has pierced the drought of March to the root,

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Definitions: droghte (drought, dryness), hath (has), perced (pierced),
roote (root of a plant; source)



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