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And long 'twas doubtful, both so closely pent,
The strict companions are for ever join'd, 495
So hard to gain, fo eafy to be loft.
How vain that second life in others breath, 505 Th'eftate which wits inherit after death!
VER. 497. While thus food, etc.] The hint is taken from a paffage in another part of the third book, but here more naturally made the conclufion, with the Addition of a Moral to the whole. In Chaucer he only answers "he came to fee the place;" and the book ends abruptly, with his being furprized at the fight of a Man of great Authority, and awaking in a fright. P.
A lefing and a fad footh faw
That gonnen at adventure draw
Out of a window forth to pace
And no man, be he ever fo wrothe,
Shall have one of thefe two, but bothe, etc. P....
Eafe, health, and life, for this they must resign,
But the fall'n ruins of another's fame