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Middle English
And palmeres for to seken straunge strondes,
And pálm(e)res fór to séken stráunge stróndes,
Modern English
And professional pilgrims (long) to seek foreign shores,

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Definitions: palmeres (like pilgrims, but with no home; also: pilgrims who carried
palm fronds), seken (seek, examine), straunge (strange, foreign),
strondes (strands [flat areas of land bordering bodies of water], shores)

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Middle English
To ferne halwes, kowthe in sondry londes;
To férne hálwes, kówth(e) in sóndry lóndes;
Modern English
To (go to) distant shrines, known in various lands;

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Definitions: ferne (far off, distant; from 'ferrene'), halwes (halwe: saint, saint's shrine), kowthe (known; see 'couth'), sondry (sundry, various, differing; see 'sondri'),
londes (land, earth; country; see 'lond')

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