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2 disconfiture, defeat; playnynge and regretinge, lamenting.
3 ne thei . . . dronke of, they neither ate nor drank.
3-4 no more . . . don of, i.e., nor had they eaten.
5 more disese, great discomfort.
12 Orcanye, Orkney.
12-13 distruxion of, destruction caused by.
13 dide, i.e., moved.
19 bacheler, knight-aspirant.
20 bewté, beauty.
24 here, hear.
30 debonertee, courtesy.
31 ne were not ye, were you not.
34 disconfited, defeated.
36 trowe, believe; soche herte, such courage; but yef, unless.
39 yen, eyes.
46-47 sethe be discovered of, since been revealed by.
48 that2, who (i.e., Ulfin).
52 sithes, times.
55 wele spede, succeed.
58 withholde, keep.
59 spede, manage.
62 pryvely, secretly.
63 Phasche, Easter.
69 than, then.
73 Saisnes, Saxons; prayes, livestock.
76 sowdiers, soldiers.
77-78 withoute hem, not including those.
79 kepte, protected; contré environ, surrounding countryside.
80 mysdo, harm.
81 forrey, forage; wan, won.
82 myster, need.
83 loos, praise.
85 bounté, goodness.
87 largesse, generosity.
88 oon, one (i.e., Gawain).
94 moche, important.
95 more clere that I make yow, more clearly must I make you.
96 moche, many.
101 loigged, lodged; meyné, retinue.
103 he2, i.e., Antor.
105 do made a cowche, made a couch (i.e., a bed).
108 toke grete hede of, observed closely.
109 saugh, saw.
110 covetted, desired.
111 bounté, goodness.
116 toke, i.e., planned.
120 ne not, i.e., not even.
121 wyste, knew.
124 kepe, notice.
125 stilliche, quietly; yede, went.
126 turnynge and wendynge, tossing and turning; noon, no; durste, dared.
130 anoon, soon.
131 that2, i.e., when; it tolde, i.e., told it to her.
135 bountees, goodness.
137 but yef, unless; ensured, promised; discover, reveal.
139 ne toke noon kepe, had little concern.
141 wax all rody, blushed.
142 lefte her mete utterly, left her food untouched.
143-44 it fill her, it befell her.
144 grete, pregnant.
146 also, as; he, i.e., Arthur.
148 for1, because of; werre, war.
149 hym, i.e., Arthur.
151 leeshe, a set of three.
152 brace, pairs.
154 tecche, characteristic.
155 whan he aroos, i.e., in the very early morning; force, strength.
156 pryme, 9 a.m.
157 tierce, 12 a.m.; mydday, 3 p.m.
159 noone, 6 p.m.
163 evyll will, enmity.
164 mortalité, slaughter; by, because of.
166 aventure to be, in danger of being; ther, therefor.
167-68 moche of, large for.
169 hevied, grieved.
171 foly, frivolous things.
174 purchase, obtain; pees, peace.
176 deyne, deign.
178 here, their.
179-80 ne we ne shull no helpe have, nor shall we have any help.
182 acorde of, make peace between.
183 nought elles, nothing else.
184 lese, waste.
184-85 me semeth, it seems to me.
188 ne doute yow nought, doubt it not at all.
190 debonerly, courteously.
191 pensif, sad.
194 tho, those.
196 letted, held back.
200 wete, know; by, be.
202 agein, against.
205 heilde stille, continued.
209 repeire, abide; musardes, dullards, idlers; ne awayte nought elles, await nothing else.
210 take, caught; bridde, bird; a journé hens, a day's journey away.
214 nought gete, nothing achieve; prowesse, valorous deeds.
216 lese . . . ages, i.e., waste our youth.
218 apareile us, prepare ourselves.
221 hem, them (i.e., her sons); Dismay, Worry.
222 ordeyne yow, arrange for you.
227 gentill, noble.
230 hadde oon, i.e., married one.
231 deyde, died.
233 moche, large.
236 high prowesse, great deeds.
239 Renomee, Renown; yede, went.
240 largesse, generosity.
246 of2, by.
247 whoso, whoever; moste in evry wise, must in every respect.
248 tho, then.
252 appareiled, readied.
256 leffte, remained.
258 withoute, without counting.
258-59 were wele, were at least.
259 sege, i.e., invading Saxons; journé, a day's journey.
260 thei, the barons and the Saxons.
262 so sore, so severely; nought to gete, nothing left.
263 nought elles saf by that, no other means except by what.
264 but yef, unless; by aventure, by chance.
268 lette, hinder.