On Wed, 4 Apr 2001, Mark Fowler wrote:

> On Wed, 4 Apr 2001, Simon Cozens wrote:
> > On Wed, Apr 04, 2001 at 02:10:11PM +0100, Mark Fowler wrote:
> > > Ah, but with perl code there is a definite 'correct' parsing (whatever
> > > /usr/bin/perl does[1]) but with the English language that isn't true.
> >
> > I'm afraid that's as silly as me declaring that there's only one correct
> > parsing of English, and that's how *I* parse it.
> No it's not that silly ;-)  Maybe it's on the same level of silliness as
> the concept of 'the Queen's English' (the idea being that the Queen 'owns'

WHEN that Aprilis, with his showers swoot,
The drought of March hath pierced to the root,
And bathed every vein in such licour,
Of which virtue engender'd is the flower;
When Zephyrus eke with his swoote breath
Inspired hath in every holt and heath
The tender croppes and the younge sun
Hath in the Ram  his halfe course y-run,
And smalle fowles make melody,
That sleepen all the night with open eye,
(So pricketh them nature in their corages);
Then longe folk to go on pilgrimages,
And palmers for to seeke strange strands,
To ferne hallows couth  in sundry lands;
And specially, from every shire's end
Of Engleland, to Canterbury they wend,
The holy blissful Martyr for to seek,
That them hath holpen, when that they were sick.


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