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Eut every wif beware of hire beheft; II?4Í
On Dorigene remembreth at the left.
Thus can a fquier don a gentil dede
As wel ач can a knight, withouten drede.
She thanketh him upon hire knees bare,
And told him ail as ye han herd me faydj
What ftmld I lenger of this ca* endite?
In foveraine bliffe leden forth hir lif,
Aurelius, that his coft hath all forlorne,
I fee no more but that I am fordo.
But natheles I wol of him aflay
With herte fore he goth unto his cofre, 11875
Two yere or three for to refpiten me,
This philofophre fobrely anfwerd,
Yes, certes, wel and tfewely, quod he. Haft thou not had thy lady as thee liketh?
No, no, quod he, and forwefully he fiketh. What was thecaufe? tell me if thou can. 11895
Aurelius his tale anon began, And told him all as ye han herd before; It nedeth not reherfe it any more. He fayd, Arviragus of gentilleffe Had lever die in forwe and in diftreffe 1IQCQ Than tbat his «if were of hire tromhc fib. As though (he wolde fayn, Lo, I Nature, H94J
The forwe of Dotigene he told him als,
How loth hire was to ben a wicked wif,
And that fhc lever had loft that day hire lif;
And that her trooth fhe fwore thurgh innocence;
She never erfthadde herd fpeke of apparence: IIoc6
That made me han of hire fo gret pitee,
And right ax freely as he lent hire to me
As freely fent 1 hire to him again.
This is all and fom ; ther n'is no more to fain. 11910
The philofophre anfwerd ; Leve brother, E verich of you did gentilly to other: Thoo'art a fqnier, and he is a knight, But God forbede, for his blisful might, But if a elerk coud don a gentil dede 1151;
As wel as any of you, it is no drede.
Sire, I rel-ie thee thy thoufand pound,
For all my eraft, ne nought for my travaille:
Lordings, this queftion wold I axen now, 11925
Thus can I forme and peint a creature,
Whan that me lift : who can me contrefete?
Pigmalion ? not though he ay forge and bete,
Or grave, or peinte ; for 1 dare wel fain
Apelles, Xeuxis, fhulden werche in vain I '»JO
Other to grave, or peinte, or forge, or bete,
If they prcfumed me to coutrefete:
For he that is the former principal
Hath malted me his vicaire general
To forme and peinten erthly creatures 110 ( с
Right as me lift ; and eche thing in my cure is
Under the mone that may wane and waxe;
And for my werk right nothing wol I axe :.
My lord and 1 ben ful of on accord;
I made hire to the worfhip of my lord, 1196a
So do I all min other creatures,
What colour that they han or what figures.
Thus lernet h me that Nature wolde fay.
This maid of age iwelf yere was and tway In which that Nature hadde in ¡che délit; 1196.} For right as (he can peint a lily whit And red arofe, right with fwiche peinture She peinted hath this noble creature Er fhe was borne upon hire limmes free, Wheras by right fwiche colours fhulden be; II970 And Phebus died hath hire trtffes grete Like to the ftremes of his burned hete.