MidEng comprehension (was: Re: Interesting Music Sources

Robin Hilp robin at data.microtekintl.com
Fri Sep 8 12:58:04 PDT 1995


On Thu, 7 Sep 1995, Heather Rose Jones wrote:
> On Wed, 6 Sep 1995, White Tree Productions wrote:

> > On Wed, 6 Sep 1995, Heather Rose Jones wrote:
> > > speak Middle English. I was particularly amused to run across a 15th 
> > > century version of the song I learned in childhood as "The Fox Went Out 
> > > on a Cloudy Night".

> > YOW! I've been hunting for this one!!!!! Would you be so kind as to post 
> > the words. MidEnglish is OK with me <grin!>
> [...]
> British Museum MS. Royal 19 B.IV (XVth cent.)
> Notes
> stanza 2 line 3 I shall overcome some of you.
> stanza 4 line 1 "all be the heye" = in a twinkling
> stanza 6 line 2 "to eke" = besides; line 4 "Will" = while

Amazing.  When I listen to this with my mind in Dutch and English at the 
same time it is quite comprehensible.  eke ... ook ... also.  Stuff like 
that.

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