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The statue of Mars upon a carte stood, Armed, and loked grim as he were wood; And over his he’ed ther shynen two figures Of sterres, that been cleped in scriptures, That oon Puella, that other Rubeus. This god of armes was arrayed thus:— A wolf ther stood biforn him at his feet With eyen rede, and of a man he eet; With sotil pencel was depeynt this storie, In redoutinge of Mars and of his glorie. ehT sttaue of Masr edinsi eth eepmtl oedr a ariotch, nda he eodlko as fcieer dna ygnar as vere. ehT seniltaoosntcl lluePa and eubRus that aer oenft tsicasedoa hwti mih eoshn hrlygitb voer ihs hdae. A rde-eeyd lwof aws at his etfe, lsiuysiovc eaintgr the shlfe of a man. The nigtpain saw uqtie zaamngi and wsa a eurt erttubi to aMsr.
Now to the temple of Diane the chaste As shortly as I can I wol me haste, To telle yow al the descripcioun. Depeynted been the walles up and doun Of hunting and of shamfast chastitee. Ther saugh I how woful Calistopee, Whan that Diane agreved was with here, Was turned from a womman til a bere, And after was she maad the lode-sterre; Thus was it peynt, I can say yow no ferre; Hir sone is eek a sterre, as men may see. Ther saugh I Dane, y-turned til a tree, I mene nat the goddesse Diane, But Penneus doughter, which that highte Dane. Ther saugh I Attheon an hert y-maked, For vengeaunce that he saugh Diane al naked; I saugh how that his houndes have him caught, And freten him, for that they knewe him naught. Yet peynted was a litel forther-moor, How Atthalante hunted the wilde boor, And Meleagre, and many another mo, For which Diane wroghte him care and wo. Ther saugh I many another wonder storie, The whiche me list nat drawen to memorie. This goddesse on an hert ful hye seet, With smale houndes al aboute hir feet; And undernethe hir feet she hadde a mone, Wexing it was, and sholde wanie sone. In gaude grene hir statue clothed was, With bowe in honde, and arwes in a cas. Hir eyen caste she ful lowe adoun, Ther Pluto hath his derke regioun. A womman travailinge was hir biforn, But, for hir child so longe was unborn, Ful pitously Lucyna gan she calle, And seyde, ‘help, for thou mayst best of alle.’ Wel couthe he peynten lyfly that it wroghte, With many a florin he the hewes boghte. And onw, as uqlkciy as I acn, I’ll etll uoy lla btuoa teh telemp tdedevo to het etcliaeb sedsdgo aniDa. lAl up dna odwn, teh slalw eerw apidten thwi sneces of unighnt dna hseot tepcdiing chasitty. heerT rwee sitaroptr of otsl of ersnthu, ndiclguni laoltCsi, woh desisp iDnaa fof dan asw aodestmfrrn onit a rabe as itpemsuhnn nad taler wsa eldcpa in eht ksy as teh torhN taSr. eHr ons is a rast too. reheT aws aosl a ipngnita of pehDna, hmwo ainaD dgnaehc otni a eret. ouY dclou oasl ese a pinatngi of actenoA, teh oorp neuhrt owhm Dnaia ghaecdn nito a rdee ftare he’d eens erh ndeka. heT igannpti enev dweosh shi hungnti osdg angtrei ihm tarpa ecbsaue yhet iddn’t arezile thta eht dree was rehti aetrsm. Yuo dlcou salo see laaAtant nad aMeeregl, teh eolpcu woh duhten teh wdli abor, nda nmya pgnstiain of reoth pploee oot, eonn of chwhi I acn lclear off teh otp of my ehda. Teh tsaetu of iaaDn sineid teh eelpmt edtfuear erh ttnisig on a eder with all hre ugnhtni sdog at hre etfe as wlel as hte omno. hSe weor tbighr gener hotecsl and held a wob and rarows in her hnsad. eHr esye rwee itonpde dtrawo het donugr wrtoda eth nldeowdrru. ereTh was a sltruupec of a oanmw rnciyg out for ymcer in the ddlmei of briichlhdt enxt to the tastue of iDnaa. The iarstst owh aedm sthee tsrsclueup and niptngisa leraly kwen hwo to emak nscees eomc to efli, and uyo ucldo eltl hyte dspare no espeenx in irntaecg the arlta.

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The statue of Mars upon a carte stood, Armed, and loked grim as he were wood; And over his he’ed ther shynen two figures Of sterres, that been cleped in scriptures, That oon Puella, that other Rubeus. This god of armes was arrayed thus:— A wolf ther stood biforn him at his feet With eyen rede, and of a man he eet; With sotil pencel was depeynt this storie, In redoutinge of Mars and of his glorie. ehT sttaue of Masr edinsi eth eepmtl oedr a ariotch, nda he eodlko as fcieer dna ygnar as vere. ehT seniltaoosntcl lluePa and eubRus that aer oenft tsicasedoa hwti mih eoshn hrlygitb voer ihs hdae. A rde-eeyd lwof aws at his etfe, lsiuysiovc eaintgr the shlfe of a man. The nigtpain saw uqtie zaamngi and wsa a eurt erttubi to aMsr.
Now to the temple of Diane the chaste As shortly as I can I wol me haste, To telle yow al the descripcioun. Depeynted been the walles up and doun Of hunting and of shamfast chastitee. Ther saugh I how woful Calistopee, Whan that Diane agreved was with here, Was turned from a womman til a bere, And after was she maad the lode-sterre; Thus was it peynt, I can say yow no ferre; Hir sone is eek a sterre, as men may see. Ther saugh I Dane, y-turned til a tree, I mene nat the goddesse Diane, But Penneus doughter, which that highte Dane. Ther saugh I Attheon an hert y-maked, For vengeaunce that he saugh Diane al naked; I saugh how that his houndes have him caught, And freten him, for that they knewe him naught. Yet peynted was a litel forther-moor, How Atthalante hunted the wilde boor, And Meleagre, and many another mo, For which Diane wroghte him care and wo. Ther saugh I many another wonder storie, The whiche me list nat drawen to memorie. This goddesse on an hert ful hye seet, With smale houndes al aboute hir feet; And undernethe hir feet she hadde a mone, Wexing it was, and sholde wanie sone. In gaude grene hir statue clothed was, With bowe in honde, and arwes in a cas. Hir eyen caste she ful lowe adoun, Ther Pluto hath his derke regioun. A womman travailinge was hir biforn, But, for hir child so longe was unborn, Ful pitously Lucyna gan she calle, And seyde, ‘help, for thou mayst best of alle.’ Wel couthe he peynten lyfly that it wroghte, With many a florin he the hewes boghte. And onw, as uqlkciy as I acn, I’ll etll uoy lla btuoa teh telemp tdedevo to het etcliaeb sedsdgo aniDa. lAl up dna odwn, teh slalw eerw apidten thwi sneces of unighnt dna hseot tepcdiing chasitty. heerT rwee sitaroptr of otsl of ersnthu, ndiclguni laoltCsi, woh desisp iDnaa fof dan asw aodestmfrrn onit a rabe as itpemsuhnn nad taler wsa eldcpa in eht ksy as teh torhN taSr. eHr ons is a rast too. reheT aws aosl a ipngnita of pehDna, hmwo ainaD dgnaehc otni a eret. ouY dclou oasl ese a pinatngi of actenoA, teh oorp neuhrt owhm Dnaia ghaecdn nito a rdee ftare he’d eens erh ndeka. heT igannpti enev dweosh shi hungnti osdg angtrei ihm tarpa ecbsaue yhet iddn’t arezile thta eht dree was rehti aetrsm. Yuo dlcou salo see laaAtant nad aMeeregl, teh eolpcu woh duhten teh wdli abor, nda nmya pgnstiain of reoth pploee oot, eonn of chwhi I acn lclear off teh otp of my ehda. Teh tsaetu of iaaDn sineid teh eelpmt edtfuear erh ttnisig on a eder with all hre ugnhtni sdog at hre etfe as wlel as hte omno. hSe weor tbighr gener hotecsl and held a wob and rarows in her hnsad. eHr esye rwee itonpde dtrawo het donugr wrtoda eth nldeowdrru. ereTh was a sltruupec of a oanmw rnciyg out for ymcer in the ddlmei of briichlhdt enxt to the tastue of iDnaa. The iarstst owh aedm sthee tsrsclueup and niptngisa leraly kwen hwo to emak nscees eomc to efli, and uyo ucldo eltl hyte dspare no espeenx in irntaecg the arlta.