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Middle English
(So priketh hem Nature in hir corages),
Pronunciation
(So príketh hem Natúr(e) in hír coráges),
Modern English
(So Nature incites them in their hearts),

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Definitions: priketh (pierce; incite, urge), hem (them), hir (her/their),
corages (hearts, feelings, desires; Latin suffix cor- means heart)



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Middle English
Thanne longen folk to goon on pilgrimages,
Pronunciation
Thanne lóngen fólk to góon on pílgrimáges,
Modern English
Then folk long to go on pilgrimages,

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Definitions: Thanne (then, than), longen (long, yearn, desire),
goon (go, walk; see: 'gon'), pilgrimages (long journeys of moral significance)



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