[Spellyans] Treysy

Nicholas Williams njawilliams at gmail.com
Mon Dec 1 11:43:46 GMT 2014


BM is rather a gruesome play. The torturers collect three thousand babies in order to kill them and use
their blood as a salve for Constantine's skin disease:

Nansus thym vj vgons flogh
dywans then empour trussogh
may hallons boys dewogys [1556]
kepar ha porhel bo lugh
lemen sovdoryen waryogh
na schappya benen in beys

Now I have 120 babies.
Pack them off immediately to the emperor
so that their blood can be extracted
like a pig or calf.
Now soldiers, take care
that no single woman escape.

I have no particular brief for Dr George's Gerlyver Meur of 2009.
He does, however, in it suggest that treysy at BM 2399 is indeed the plural
of the word for starling.

Nicholas

On 1 Dec 2014, at 10:52, Eddie Climo <eddie_climo at yahoo.co.uk> wrote:

> A gruesomely implausible simile, that! 

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