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everything returns in greenery at this time, by the right nature of
the season and not otherwise. Above the sun there are three stars,
clear and shining, one below and the other above. These are
Mars, Saturn, and Jupiter. Saturn is so much the highest
of the seven that it takes 30 years to make its circle, which is
as fast as it can. These three stars keep their qualities in things
here below, as you can see in the following diagram:
[rubric:] Of the expanse of heaven and the stars [/rubric]
These seven
stars are such
that they have
more power
than those things that
are born from the
earth and are
more abundant in good
qualities that
any other things in
the firmament,and
work more
skillfully. As the wise philosophers of old

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Marie Richards

original ms. Folio 86v
Walters ms. Folio 91v
BL Royal MS 19 A IX fols 100r-v
Caxton, ed. Prior, pp 126-127
Gossuin, ed. Prior, 157-158

Marie Richards

lines 5-6: "which is as fast as it can" is a rough - possibly wrong - translation of "tousjours avant qu'elle le puis avoir fait." Caxton leaves the phrase out altogether.