So priketh hem Natúre in hir corages,
(=Thus nature spurs them on in their desires).
‘Corages’ often carries a sexual connotation, and there’s probably a hint of irony in the way Chaucer rhymes it with ‘pilgrimmages’ in the next line. The same word is used by Cuddy in October of Spenser’s Shepheardes Calendar.
This was spelled “So priketh ‘hem”, since the T was dropped from the word “them” due to the previous word ending in 'th’.
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