2755 Glad as man in prisoun sett,
2756 And may not geten forto ete
2757 But barly breed, and watir pure,
2758 And lyeth in vermyn and in ordure;
2759 With all this, yitt can he lyve,
2760 Good hope such comfort hath hym yeve,
2761 Which maketh wene that he shall be
2762 Delyvered and come to liberte;
2763 In fortune is full trist.
2764 Though he lye in strawe or dust,
2765 In hoope is all his susteynyng.
2766 And so for lovers, in her wenyng,
2767 Whiche love hath shitte in his prisoun;
2768 Good hope is her salvacioun.
2769 Good hope, how sore that they smerte,
2770 Yeveth hem bothe will and herte
2771 To pfre her body to martire;
2772 ffor hope so sore sore doith hem desire
2773 To suffre ech harme that men devise,
2774 ffor joye that aftirward shall Aryse.
2775 Hope, in desire cacche victorie;
2776 In hope, of love is all the glorie,
2777 ffor hope is all that love may yeve;
2778 Nere hope, ther shulde no lover lyve.