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for all the days of the world, lord and king of the whole
monarchy of the terrestrial world, even if he could
have all his commands followed by everyone, if it meant
one single day outside Paradise. For there life endures forever,
and there is the perfect and inestimable joy that ever was
and ever will be. There, everything is established and certain
for always, without end and without beginning, nor will
there ever be need for any fear of death, nor of sickness,
of sadness, agony, or fear, nor of anger, labor, pain, poverty,
misery, or any hardship that might ever happen in any
way in the world. None of that will be felt by the one who has
his home in Paradise. Indeed there he will continually
feel joy, consolation, lightness, blessedness, and all the delights
and good things that will last forever without end. And he
will have so much consolation that no one will be able to
think, estimate, or recount it, however much he knows how
to use his mind to understand what Paradise and Hell are,
according to the presentation we have made above, and
also what the firmament, the stars, and the seven planets are.
I am showing you just after this a drawing from which you may
derive much benefit if you are willing to apply your understanding to it.

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Marie Richards

original ms. Folio 125v
Walters ms. Folio 130v
BL Royal MS 19 A IX fols 148r-v
Caxton, ed. Prior, pp 179-181
Gossuin, ed. Prior, 200-201

Marie Richards

line 2: in the French, plural changes to singular.