That Chaucer is a Bad Mutha–

But I’m just talking about Chaucer.
Lyrics to Shaft translated to Middle English. To one who studied Chaucer for my A-Levels and wound up writing in Middle English for a while, this is giggle-inducing.

A Townie’s Tale
Wha be tha blake prevy lawe
That bene wantoun too alle tha feres?
SHAFT!
Ya damne righte!
Wha be tha carl tha riske is hals wolt
Fro is allye leve?
SHAFT!
Konne ye?
Wha be tha carl wha ne wolden flee
Whan peril bene all aboughte?
SHAFT!
Verray!
Alle clepe tha carl ane badde mooder-
SOFTE!
Speken of Shaft bene I.
THAN KONNE ALLES WE!
He be a man konne unnethes
Namo save is mayde konnes im.
JOHN SHAFT!

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