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Marie Richards at Jun 22, 2022 07:26 PM

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Lxxxi

cheue a terre et que la tresgrant moisteur / delle cest escan
chie elle a perdu la brune couleur/ que paravant tenoit
et obscurete dont elle empeschoit le jour. Alors appert
la nuee clere et blanche qui est legiere et monte en
hault tant quen la fin elle deffault toute pour la
chaleur du soleil den hault qui toute la fourseche.
Adont len revoit lair pur et cler et le ciel aussi bleu
comme est azur/ De la terre naist la pluye et les nues
aussi comme dun drap que len assueroit au feu qui
seroit moullie lors en yst une moisteur aussi comme
fumee et sen va contre mont. Qui alors tendroit sa
main au dessus de celle fumee il sentiroit un vaspeur
qui toute sa main lui remonsteroit. Et selle duroit lon
guement il diroit appertement/ que sa main lui moulle
roit toute et quil en cherroit eaue. Et aussi vous dy je
que en telle maniere naissent bien souvent nues et
pluyes. Et nostre seigneur les multiplie bien quant il lui
vient a plaisir/ pour faire croistre ses biens qui sont
en la terre. Des Gelles et des grans Nesges.
L
es grans nesges et les grandes gelles advien
nent par les grandes froidures de lair qui


Translation

fallen to earth, and the great moisture within it is
dried up, it has lost the dark color that it had before
and the obscurity by which it blocked the day. Then the
cloud appears clear and white, lightweight and risen
into the heights so that in the end it is totally lost
by the heat of the sun on high that dries it up completely.
Then the air once again becomes pure and clear, and
the sky becomes as blue as azure. Rain and clouds are
engendered from the earth like a piece of damp fabric that
dries by the fire. It creates a moisture that rises upward
like smoke. If one should extend his hand into this
smoke, he would feel a vapor that would moisten his
entire hand. And if he should leave it there he would
say clearly that his hand had become entirely wet and it was
dripping water. I tell you that clouds and rains are often
formed in the same way. Our Lord increases their number
when He wishes to, to cause his creations on this earth
to grow. [rubric:] Of frosts and great snowfalls [/rubric]
Great snowfalls and frosts are due to a great
cold in the air, which

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Lxxxi

cheue a terre et que la tresgrant moisteur / d'elle c'est escan-
chie elle a perdu la brune couleur/ que paravant tenoit
et obscurete dont elle empeschoit le jour. Alors appert
la nuee clere et blanche qui est legiere et monte en
hault tant qu'en la fin elle deffault toute pour la
chaleur du soleil d'en hault qui toute la fourseche.
Adont l'en revoit l'air pur et cler et le ciel aussi bleu
comme est azur/ De la terre naist la pluye et les nues
aussi comme d'un drap que l'en assueroit au feu qui
seroit moullie lors en yst une moisteur aussi comme
fumee et s'en va contre mont. Qui alors tendroit sa
main au dessus de celle fumee il sentiroit un vaspeur
qui toute sa main lui remonsteroit. Et selle duroit lon-
guement il diroit appertement/ que sa main lui moulle-
roit toute et qu'il en cherroit eaue. Et aussi vous dy je
que en telle maniere naissent bien souvent nues et
pluyes. Et nostre seigneur les multiplie bien quant il lui
vient a plaisir/ pour faire croistre ses biens qui sont
en la terre. Des Gelles et des grans Nesges.
L
es grans nesges et les grandes gelles advien
nent par les grandes froidures de l'air qui


Translation

fallen to earth, and the great moisture within it is
dried up, it has lost the dark color that it had before
and the obscurity by which it blocked the day. Then the
cloud appears clear and white, lightweight and risen
into the heights so that in the end it is totally lost
by the heat of the sun on high that dries it up completely.
Then the air once again becomes pure and clear, and
the sky becomes as blue as azure. Rain and clouds are
engendered from the earth like a piece of damp fabric that
dries by the fire. It creates a moisture that rises upward
like smoke. If one should extend his hand into this
smoke, he would feel a vapor that would moisten his
entire hand. And if he should leave it there he would
say clearly that his hand had become entirely wet and it was
dripping water. I tell you that clouds and rains are often
formed in the same way. Our Lord increases their number
when He wishes to, to cause his creations on this earth
to grow. [rubric:] Of frosts and great snowfalls [/rubric]
Great snowfalls and frosts are due to a great
cold in the air, which