Saturday, December 17, 2011

Gluttony's Drinking Bout and Its Aftermath

William Langland, Piers Plowman 5.344-351, translated by Terence Tiller:
So they laughed and they lowered and yelled, 'Let's have a drink,'
And sat there till Evensong, singing now and then,
Till Gluttony had golloped a gallon or more
And his guts now started to rumble like two greedy sows.
He pissed four pints in the space of a Pater-noster,
And blew the round bugle at his backbone's end
So that all who heard that horn held their noses,
And wished he had bunged it with a bunch of whins.

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