2731 In such annoy contynuely,
2732 As helpe me god, this merveile I,
2733 How man, but he were maad of stele,
2734 Myght lyve a monthe, such peynes to fele.'
2735 The God of love thanne seide me,
2736 'ffreend, by the feith I owe to thee,
2737 May no man have good, but he it bye.
2738 A man loveth more tendirly
2739 The thyng that he hath bought most dere.
2740 ffor wite thou well, withouten were,
2741 In thanke that thyng is taken more,
2742 ffor which a man hath suffred sore.
2743 Certis, no wo ne may Atteyne
2744 Unto the sore of loves peyne.
2745 Noon yvel therto ne may Amounte,
2746 No more than a man counte
2747 The dropes that of the water be.
2748 ffor drye as well the greet see
2749 Thou myghtist, as the harmes telle
2750 Of hem that with love dwelle
2751 In servyse; for peyne hem sleeth,
2752 And that ech man wolde fle the deeth,
2753 And trowe thei shulde nevere escape,
2754 Nere that hope couthe hem make