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From The Canterbury Tales:
The Merchant's Tale
lines 845-856: About January's mental blindness


845        O sodeyn hap! O thou fortune unstable!
Lyk to the scorpion so deceyvable,
That flaterest with thyn heed whan thou wolt stynge;
Thy tayl is deeth, thurgh thyn envenymynge.
O brotil joye! o sweete venym queynte!
850O monstre, that so subtilly kanst peynte
Thy yiftes under hewe of stidefastnesse,
That thou deceyvest bothe moore and lesse!
Why hastow Januarie thus deceyved,
That haddest hym for thy fulle freend receyved?
855And now thou hast biraft hym bothe his ye,
For sorwe of which desireth he to dyen.
845       O sudden chance, O Fortune, thou unstable,
Like to the scorpion so deceptive, able
To flatter with thy mouth when thou wilt sting;
Thy tail is death, through thine envenoming.
O fragile joy! O poison sweetly taint!
850O monster that so cleverly canst paint
Thy gifts in all the hues of steadfastness
That thou deceivest both the great and less!
Why hast thou January thus deceived,
That had'st him for thine own full friend received?
855And now thou hast bereft him of his eyes,
For sorrow of which in love he daily dies.




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From The Merchant's Tale, lines 857-898:
January becomes physically blind but observes his wife Maia closely
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