Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
Then they slit the base of the throat, took hold of the gullet,
Scraped it with a sharp knife and knotted it shut;
Next they cut off the four legs and ripped off the hide,
Then broke open the belly and took out the entrails
Carefully to avoid loosening the ligature of the knot.
(1330 - 1334)
So correctly they cut off all the offal in the spine
Right down to the haunches, in one unbroken piece,
And lifted it up whole, and cut it off there;
And to that they give the name of numbles, I believe,
as is right.
(1344 - 1348)
Both the head and the neck they cut off next,
And then rapidly separate the sides from the chine;
And the raven’s fee in a thicket they threw.
Then they pierced both sides through the ribs,
Hanging each of them by the hocks of their legs,
For each man’s payment, as his proper reward.
(1353 - 1358)