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For of fortunes sharp adversitee
The worst kynde of infortune is this,
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I had most need of blessing, and "Amen"
Stuck in my throat.
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For hym was levere have at his beddes heed,
Twenty bookes, clad in blak or reed,
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Ful wys is he that kan hymselven knowe!
And therfore, at the kynges court, my brother,
Ech man for hymself, ther is noon oother.
What is this world? what asketh men to have?
Now with his love, now in his colde grave
Allone, withouten any compaignye.
Love is a thyng as any spirit free.
Wommen, of kynde, desiren libertee,
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Ther nis no werkman, whatsoevere he be,
That may bothe werke wel and hastily.
Whan Zephirus eek with his swete breeth,
Inspired hath in every holt and heeth
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She was a worthy womman al hir lyve:
Housbondes at chirche dore she hadde fyve,
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