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Middle-English Word of the Day - October 3, 2007

Bale (n.) - honour, dignity among men.

Than a ryche man of Rome relyede to his byerns:
"It sall repent vs full sore and we ryde forthire!
ghone are bolde bosturs at syche bale wyrkez;
It befell hym full foule at am so fyrste namede."

- Anonymous: The alliterative Morte Arthure (1440)

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