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Folio 144 Recto
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ffor to consider thinges all
namely parylles / or they fall
and who that haue by gouernaunce
of ryghtwysnes the ballaunce
and strongly hold in his deffence
the swerd of hir magnyfycence
ye bene assured / from all myschaunce
namely whan that attemperaunce
hir1 suster gouerneth all thre
ffrom fortune2 ye may than go fre
both allwye / in hert and thought
whyle ye be so / no dred hur3 nought
but avoydeth / hir acqueyntaunce
ffor hir double varyaunce
and fleeth oute of hir company
and all that ben of hur allye
and ye foure susters glad of chere
shuld abyde here all this yeare
Ii[n]n4 this housould at liberte
and Ioye and all prosparyte
with you to housold ye shuld bring
and ye all foure shall now syng
with all your hole herte entier
some new songe aboute the fyre
suche on as you lyketh best
lat ffortune go playe hir wher hir liste / explicit
  1. It is possible that this is "y" with a tittle, but as y appears elsewhere in the manuscript without any sort of indication I believe it's more likely that this is intended as "i."
  2. Bracketed on the right.
  3. This, when compared with "hir" at lines two and six of this section, provides a particularly good example of how the two forms of the word throughout are "hir" and "hur," respectively.
  4. The scribe wrote the initial "I" here, then immediately followed it with "in." Realizing the error it appears they completed the "n," but the tittle for "i" was left.