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Middle-English Word of the Day - 8/27/07

Busken (v.) - to make preparations, to prepare oneself, to get ready, to go, to hasten, to prepare, dress.

Ofte tourneth for tene & on the toun thynketh
Whan schadewes & schir day scheden attwynne
Leuerockes vpon lofte lyften her steuenes
Burnes busken hem out of bedde with bemes loude
Bothe blowyng on bent & on the burwe walles
Waspasian bounys of bedde busked hym fayr
Fram the fote to the fourche in fyne gold clothes
Suth putteth the prince

- The siege of Jerusalem (1390-1400)

The Middle-English Word of the Day is selected from Mayhew and Skeat's
"Concise Dictionary of Middle English."
As found on Greg Lindahl's website
http://www.pbm.com/~lindahl/concise/concise.html

The example text was found at the Middle English Collection of the University of Virginia Library.
http://etext.virginia.edu/collections/languages/english/mideng.browse.html


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