Middle English Translations

These are my modern English translations of some of the very best Middle English poems.


This World's Joy
anonymous Middle English poem, circa 1300
loose translation/interpretation by Michael R. Burch

Winter awakens all my care
as leafless trees grow bare.
For now my sighs are fraught
whenever it enters my thought:
regarding this world's joy,
how everything comes to naught.

[MS. Harl. 2253. f. 49r]

Long Lines

by Regina

Long lines languish, ladles lukewarm lentil,
lapsed living, laborers' livelihoods lost,
losses, log-jammed, lingering lamentation.....
look!!!! luminary loving Lord landward!!!!!

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