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Thoii (halt be wedded unto on of tho
That han for thee so mochel care and wo,
But unto which ot hem I may not tell. 2355
Farevvel, for here I may no longer dwell;
The fires which that on min autcr brenne
Shal thee declaren er that thou go henne
Thin a venture of love as in this ca8.
And with that word the arwes in the cas 2360
Diane, and in thy disposition.
The nexte houre of Mars foiwing this
Of fierce Mars, to don his sacrifise
^. 23^8. Shal tbze declaren] This is improper, as the fires have already declared the event ot" the combat. In the origin Hal, as I remember, the appearance of Diana is prior to the Omen.
ir. 137a. payen] This Fr. word Is constantly used in the best piti'. instead of pagan.
O stronge pod, that in the regnes cold # >3 75
Ot Trace honoured art, and lord yhold,
And hast in every regne and every lond
Of armes all the bridel in thin hond,
And hem fortunes! as thee lilt devise,
Accept of me my pitous sacrifise! 2380
If so be that my youthe may deserve.
And that my might be worthy for to serve
Thy godhed, that I may ben on of thine,
Than praie I thee to rewe upon my pine,
For thilUc peine and thilke hote site 2385
In which thou whilom bremlest for desire
AV'hanne that thou usedest the beautee
Of fayre yonge Venus frefhe and free.
And haddest hire in armes at thy wille;
Although thee ones on a time mis.fiHo, 2390
Whan Vulcanus had caught thee in his las,
And fond thee ligging by his wif, aias!
For thilke sorwe that was tho in thin herte
Have reuthe as wel upon my peiucs Imerte.
*. 1375. Ofironic god] The prayer of Arclte in JbiThi— Jeida begins in tlic fame manner;
A forte (iio, die ne : re^ni ntvnli
Biflonil fervi le tue facre cafe
Se per aim volerela mia elate
I am yonge and unkonning as thou west, 2 3 95
I mode with strengthe win hire in the place;
As wtl as that this fire now hrenneth me,
In thy plesance and in thy craftes strong;
And eke to this avow I wol me bind.
■fy. 2404. 'Thjn helpe me] So in The ThefehU;
Dunqvie me aiuta per lo saiito focho,
My berd, my here that hangeth long adoun,
That never yet felt non offensioun
Of rasour nc of shere I wol thee veve,
And ben thy trewe servant while I live. 2410
Now, Lord, have reuthe upon my sorwes sore;
Yeve me the victorie.; .1 axe tbee no more.
The preier stint of Arcita the stronge,
Of which Arcita somwbat him agast.
And more encen/einto the fire he cast,
And thus with joye and hope wel to foe
And right anon swiche strif ther is begonne 1440
fo'.umc II. rJ
Til that the Pale Saturnus the Colde, 2445
That knew so many of aventures olde,
Fond in his ulje experience and art
That he ful lone hath plcscd every part.
As sooth is sayd, elde hath gret avantage;
In elde is bothe wisdom and usage: 24 J O
Men may the old out-renne but not out-rede.
Saturne anon, to (lenten strif and drede,
My dere doughter Venus! quod Saturne, *455
The falling of the touresand of the walks
fy. 2451. out-rede] Outwit, surpass in counsel. The sense of this word has teen most ridiculuuPy mistaken by Dryden;
Tor this advan'.pge Sjrc from youth hr.s won,