(6) Do make pis water Take maydenhere and be rote of borage and be rote of paritorie and pe rote of hertestong and be rotes forsayd do sebe hem to be halfendel and ban do streyne bis licour
and mak be seek drenk ate morne .iij.
Whan that Aprille, with hise shoures sote The droghte of March hath perced to the rote, And bathed every veyne in swich licour
Of which vertu engendred is the flour; (22) which was written in the 1380s, a contemporary reader can (more or less) understand it even though the spelling and usage of the content words have changed.
"Whan that Aprill with his shoures soote The droghte of March hath perced to the roote, And bathed every veyne in swich licour
, Of which vertu engendred is the flour; Whan Zephirus eek with his sweete breeth Inspired hath in every holt and heeth The tendre croppes, and the yonge sonne Hath in the Ram his half cours yronne, And smale foweles maken melodye That slepen al the nyght with open ye (So priketh hem nature in hir corages) Thanne longenfolk to goon on pilgrimages ..."
"Whan that April with his showres soote The droughte of March hath perced to the roote, And bathed every veine in swich licour
, Of which vertu engendered in the flowr ...
Whan dat Aprille vith its shoures soote, the droghte of Marche hath perced to the roote, and bathed every veyne in swich licour
of which vertu engendred is the flour.
(41.) Hieatt, Gathering, 134 mistranscribes licour
for MS liuoure, obscuring the particular nature of this dish.
The ones they don't get are usually to do with vocabulary development rather than language obstacles--have a dictionary or six on hand to help with words like 'sundry', 'foweles' and 'licour
4) take and sepe verueyne, and betonye, and wermod and her wyp wasche pe seke heued, & panne make a plasture aboue on be moolde on pis manere: Take be same erbys, when pey beon sodyn, and wrynge hem and grynde hem smale in a morter, and tempre hem wyp pe same licour
azeyne, & do her to wheton branne, to holde in be licour
, and make a garlande of akerchef, and bynde pe seke heued, and ley pe plasture on pe molde wyp ynne pe garlaunde, as hoot as be seke may suffre, and bynde be hed wyp a volyper, and sette a kappe aboue, and pys do bote pre dayes, and be seke shal be hool on warantyse (R2).