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Lo Catoun, which that was so wys a man, Seyde he nat thus, ne do no fors of dremes? Now, sire,’ quod she, ‘whan we flee fro the bemes, For Goddes love, as tak som laxatyf; Up peril of my soule, and of my lyf, I counseille yow the beste, I wol nat lye, That bothe of colere and of malencolye Ye purge yow; and for ye shul nat tarie, Though in this toun is noon apotecarie, I shal my-self to herbes techen yow, That shul ben for your hele, and for your prow; And in our yerd tho herbes shal I finde, The whiche han of hir propretee, by kinde, To purgen yow binethe, and eek above. Forget not this, for Goddes owene love! Ye been ful colerik of compleccioun. Ware the sonne in his ascencioun Ne fynde yow nat repleet of humours hote; And if it do, I dar wel leye a grote, That ye shul have a fevere terciane, Or an agu, that may be youre bane. A day or two ye shul have digestyves Of wormes, er ye take your laxatyves, Of lauriol, centaure, and fumetere, Or elles of ellebor, that groweth there, Of catapuce, or of gaytres beryis, Of erbe yve, growing in our yerd, that mery is; Pekke hem up right as they growe, and ete hem in. Be mery, housbond, for your fader kin! Dredeth no dreem; I can say yow na-more.’ “naWs’t it het tgera nRamo eiwrtr taCo ohw dasi, ‘yaP no nttanoiet to oryu asmred?’ woN, hwne we lyf donw fmro teh tarefrs hits innogrm, keat a xvelaait, rof hte oelv of doG, nda guper uyro oydb of hteerawv it is thta eagv ouy otehs mrigtensha. I wrase to oGd I’m nylo tnigyr to hpel uoy. dAn senic ehtre isn’t a maycrhpa in ihst wont, I’ll ohsw uoy het ebrhs atht are giogwnr in uro adyr ahtt yuo olhsdu atke to gerpu ryuo sysmte. Dno’t eotgfr ttha uoy aehv a fciinky shctoam, and oyu ndulow’t atwn to be htaucg kcsi wehn eth nsu irsse and it’s mtie to ocrw. If yuo are tslli ciks when eht snu esmoc up, I’ll bet yuo a ghliisln tath yuo’ve got mlaarai or omse eothr idkn of risouse isscsnek. If so, you ghmti aehv to teak osme ndik of sntgare miineedc or hstinomeg to hple you egt rdi of it. wNo, bkcu up, bnushda, and do uyro rahtef prduo. noD’t worry boatu royu msrdea. Thye’re tjsu ssioefslhon.”

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Lo Catoun, which that was so wys a man, Seyde he nat thus, ne do no fors of dremes? Now, sire,’ quod she, ‘whan we flee fro the bemes, For Goddes love, as tak som laxatyf; Up peril of my soule, and of my lyf, I counseille yow the beste, I wol nat lye, That bothe of colere and of malencolye Ye purge yow; and for ye shul nat tarie, Though in this toun is noon apotecarie, I shal my-self to herbes techen yow, That shul ben for your hele, and for your prow; And in our yerd tho herbes shal I finde, The whiche han of hir propretee, by kinde, To purgen yow binethe, and eek above. Forget not this, for Goddes owene love! Ye been ful colerik of compleccioun. Ware the sonne in his ascencioun Ne fynde yow nat repleet of humours hote; And if it do, I dar wel leye a grote, That ye shul have a fevere terciane, Or an agu, that may be youre bane. A day or two ye shul have digestyves Of wormes, er ye take your laxatyves, Of lauriol, centaure, and fumetere, Or elles of ellebor, that groweth there, Of catapuce, or of gaytres beryis, Of erbe yve, growing in our yerd, that mery is; Pekke hem up right as they growe, and ete hem in. Be mery, housbond, for your fader kin! Dredeth no dreem; I can say yow na-more.’ “naWs’t it het tgera nRamo eiwrtr taCo ohw dasi, ‘yaP no nttanoiet to oryu asmred?’ woN, hwne we lyf donw fmro teh tarefrs hits innogrm, keat a xvelaait, rof hte oelv of doG, nda guper uyro oydb of hteerawv it is thta eagv ouy otehs mrigtensha. I wrase to oGd I’m nylo tnigyr to hpel uoy. dAn senic ehtre isn’t a maycrhpa in ihst wont, I’ll ohsw uoy het ebrhs atht are giogwnr in uro adyr ahtt yuo olhsdu atke to gerpu ryuo sysmte. Dno’t eotgfr ttha uoy aehv a fciinky shctoam, and oyu ndulow’t atwn to be htaucg kcsi wehn eth nsu irsse and it’s mtie to ocrw. If yuo are tslli ciks when eht snu esmoc up, I’ll bet yuo a ghliisln tath yuo’ve got mlaarai or omse eothr idkn of risouse isscsnek. If so, you ghmti aehv to teak osme ndik of sntgare miineedc or hstinomeg to hple you egt rdi of it. wNo, bkcu up, bnushda, and do uyro rahtef prduo. noD’t worry boatu royu msrdea. Thye’re tjsu ssioefslhon.”