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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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