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V.

There saw I dress' him, new out of haunt,
The fery tiger full of felony,
The dromedare, the standar 3 elephant,
The wily fox, the widow's enemy,
The climber goat, the elk for alblastrye,4
The herknere 5 boar, the wholesome grey
for hortis,6

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The hare also, that oft goeth to the And ane surcoat she wearit long that tyde,

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That seemed to me of divers hewis, Whilom thus, when she would turn aside, Stood this goddess of fortune 8,4

A chaplet with many fresh anewis 5

She had upon her head; and with this hung

A mantle on her shoulders large and long,

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12 Hold, stop.

4 Askewis.

13 Sagacious.

14 Ravenous.

to do.

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Though thy beginning hath been retrograde,

By froward' opposite, where till aspert, Now shall they turn, and look on thee dert: 2

XX.

And therewith all unto the wheel in hye She hath me led, and bade me lear to climb,

Upon the which I stepped suddenly;

Now hold thy grippis, quoth she, for thy time,

An hour and more it runis over prime ;3 To count the whole, the half is near away;

That with thy flesh aye waking art in trouble,

And sleeping eke, of pain so hast thou double.

II.

Covert myself all this mean I to loke,2
Though that my spirit vexèd was tofore,
In suenyng,3 as soon as ever I woke,
By XX fold it was in trouble more,
Bethinking me with sighing heart and sore,
That none other thingis but dreamès had;
Nor sekernes my spirit with to glad.

III.

And therewith soon I dressed 5 me to rise,
Fulfill'd of thought, pyne, and adversity,

Spend well, therefore, the remnant of the And to myself I said in this wise,—

day.

XXI.

Example (quoth she) take of this tofore, That from my wheel be rolled as a ball; For the nature of it is evermore

After an height to vale,4 and give a fall, Thus when we liketh up or down to fall. Farewell, quoth she, and by the ear me toke,

So earnestly, that therewithal I woke.

CANTO VI.

What life is this? where hath my spirit be? Ah! mercy, Lord! what will ye do with me? Is this of my forethought impression ?6 Or is it from the heaven a vision?

IV.

And gif ye goddis, of your purviance,7 Have shewed this for my recomforting, In release of my furious penance,

I you beseech full humbly of this thing, That of your grace I might have more tokening,

Gif it shall be, as in my sleep before
Ye shewed have? and forth withouten

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In good time and seily to begin

Their prenticehood; and furthermore I pray 2

XVII.

Blessed mot1 be the goddis all,

So fair that glitt'ren in the firmament!

For them that passèd been the many And blessed be their might celestial,

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