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Middle English
The hooly blisful martir for to seke,
Pronunciation
The hóoly blísful mártir fór to séke,
Modern English
To seek the holy blessed martyr,

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Definitions: hooly blisful martir (Chaucer’s stories are embedded in a framework narrative told by pilgrims on their way to Canterbury Cathedral to visit the burial place
of St. Thomas Becket.), seke (seek; see sechen)



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Middle English
That hem hath holpen whan that they were seeke.
Pronunciation
That hém háth hólpen whán that théy were séeke.
Modern English
Who helped them when they were sick.

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Definitions: hem (them), hath (has), holpen (help, assist; see helpen),
whan (when, whenever), seeke (sick, ill; see sik)



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