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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

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Read by Thomas Rendall, Campion College, University of Regina
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, 2nd ed.
edited by J.R.R. Tolkien and E.V. Gordon; revised by Norman Davis
Oxford University Press, 1967
page 1, ll. 1-7

The Gawain-Poet's Middle English is contemporary with Chaucer's, but is a northern dialect, probably from Lancashire. The Tolkien/Gordon/Davis edition uses the character called a "yogh," which looks like a flat headed 3 and for which there is no HTML code. The yogh could represent different sounds, but in this text it is a velar sound and here is represented by "gh." In this text the þ "thorn" represents a [th] sound. This recording was made in 1990 for The Chaucer Studio.

Siþen þe sege and þe assaut watz sesed at Troye,
Þe borgh brittened and brent to brondez and askez,
Þe tulk þat þe trammes of treasoun þer wroght
Watz tried for his tricherie, þe trewest on erthe:
Hit watz Ennias þe athel, and his highe kynde,
Þat siþen depreced prouinces, and patrounes bicome
Welneghe of al þe wele in þe west iles.

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