And she was cleped madame Eglentyne.
Ful weel she soong the service dyvyne,
Entuned in hir nose ful semely;

from Geoffrey Chaucer – The Canterbury Tales (General Prologue) on Rap Genius


(= and she was called Madame Eglentyne / She sang the liturgy very well / Intoned with nasal delivery most elegantly)

‘Eglentyne’ literally means ‘briar rose’. Nuns chose a new name when they made their vows; it’s possibly mild satire that she didn’t choose a ‘holy name’, but rather a pretty one.

She sang the canonical liturgy very well, as would be expected. The nasal delivery isn’t a bad thing, just a way of taking strain off the voice.

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