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So did she sesar Iulius1
she made him first victorius
thoughe to doo well she be full lothe
of a bakers sone in sothe
she made him amighty emperour
and hool of rome was gouernoure
maugrey the senat / and all ther myghte
But whan the sonne / shone most bright
of his tryumphe / fer and nere
and he was corouned / with laurnier
vnworthy thorough / his mortalle lawe
with bodkyns / he was eslawe
at the capitaylle / in Consistorye
loo / affter all his gret victory
sesar a bakers sone
see how this lady can appalle
the noblesse of thos prynces all
she hath two tunys in her seller
that on is full / of pyment cler
confect2 with suger and spyces swete
and mannys delectabell roote
but this is yet the worste of all
that other time is full of gall
who tasteth one / ther is non other
he moste taste eke of that other
whos sodeyne chaynges ben not soffte
ffor now she can raysse one alofte
ffrom lowgħe estate / till hye degre
In ould storyes / ye may see
estates chaunge / who taketh kepe
ffor on gyges3 that kept shepe
she mad by vertue of a rynge
ffor to be made / a worthy kynge
and by fals mourdre / I dare expresse
he cam e4 to all his worthynesse
moste odyous / of all thynges
and cresis5 richest of all kynges
was so surgedus / in his pryde
that he went vppon no syde
non erthly thinge might hym perturbe
nor hys ryall estate disturbe
till on a night adreme he mette
how Iubo6 in the ayre hym sette
and Iubiter / he vnderstondes
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  2. Trinity R.3.20 has "confeit."
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  4. The scribe has overwritten the final minim of "m" here with an "e"
  5. Bracketed on both sides
  6. Trinity R.3.20 has "Iuvo."