Pearl in Translation

Pearl (Middle English)                                                    Pearl in Translation

1 Perle, pleasaunte to prynces paye                           Oh, Pearl favor worthy of nobility
2 To clanly clos in golde so clere,                                A match for gold, this treasure
3 Oute of oryent, I hardyly saye,                                 No gem can match her measure.
5 So rounde, so reken in vche araye,                         Perfect circle–splendid curiosity,
6 So smal, so smoþe her syde3 were,                        Dainty, shiny–mine forever.
7 Quere-so-euer I jugged gemme3 gaye,                 I set her down in silken luxury,
8 I sette hyr sengeley in synglere.                              Wherever I roamed she gave me pleasure.
9 Allas! I leste hyr in on erbere;                                   But in one spec of eternity,
10 Þur3 gresse to grounde hit fro me yot.                  Four brigands stole her from my sack.
11 I dewyne, fordolked of luf                                         Now, I face all life’s dangers
12 Of þat pryuy perle wythouten spot.                       To bring my perfect, pure pearl back!

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