THE Sowle to the
`I putte caas', quod I,
`that al this were sothe, yet must I nedes blame
the, and sorowen and compleynen that euer I came in
thy companye. For I was in my nature as clere as is
the pure element of fyre withouten ony corrupcion.
And ryght as the fyre taketh smoke and derkenesse of
the mater to whiche he is conioyned, ryght soo toke
I of the, what tyme that I approchid the and medled
with thy company, suche fowle derkenes and smoke
whiche thou castest oute fro the by thy fowle
vnclene and stynkyng vapours.'