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LXII.

AMour apprend les Asnes à dancer,
Et les lourdaulx fait devenir muguetz:
Pigner les fait, farder, & agencer,
Par le moyen de ses subtilz aguetz.
Aux endormiz il fait faire les guetz.
Rusticité transmue en gentillesse:
Car sans cela que de son traict les blesse,
Leur vilanie il convertist en grace.
Symon jadis en receupt telle adresse,
Comme l’on ligt aux escriptz de Boccace.[1]

Notes:

1.  Cimon, a character in Boccaccio’s Decameron (day 5, tale 1). He was an uncouth youth from Cyprus who was inspired by love to become civilised. His real name was Galesus, but he had been called by a nickname, Cimon, ‘brute’.


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