"No likerous lust was thurgh hire herte yronne
" (ClT, 1.214), because she used to live in poverty.
"Whan that Aprill with his shoures soote The droghte of March hath perced to the roote, And bathed every veyne in swich licour, Of which vertu engendred is the flour; Whan Zephirus eek with his sweete breeth Inspired hath in every holt and heeth The tendre croppes, and the yonge sonne Hath in the Ram his half cours yronne
, And smale foweles maken melodye That slepen al the nyght with open ye (So priketh hem nature in hir corages) Thanne longenfolk to goon on pilgrimages ..."
, who's husband did not retire at the same time, battled with feelings of loneliness when she first retired.
/ Gan westren faste, and downward for to wrye, / As he that hadde his dayes cours yronne
" (2.905-7); that is, the sun set because it had run its daily course.