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Rules of Courtly Love
(From "The Art of Courtly Love" by Andreas Caellanus as appeared in the February 1995 Bolt)

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Rules of Courtly Love

I

Marriage is no real excuse for not loving.

II

He who is not jealous can not love.

III

No one is bound by a double love.

IV

Love is always increasing or decreasing.

V

That which a lover takes against the will of his beloved has no relish.

VI

Boys do not love until they arrive at the age of maturity.

VII

When one lovers dies, a widowhood of two years is required of the survivor.

VIII

No one should be deprived of love without the very best of reasons.

IX

No one can love unless he is impelled by the persuasion of love.

X

Love is always a stranger in the home of avarice.

XI

It isn't proper to love someone you would be ashamed to seek to marry.

XII

A true lover does not desire to embrace in love anyone except his beloved.

XIII

When made public, love rarely endures.

XIV

The easy attainment of love makes it of little value. Difficulty of attainment makes it prized.

XV

Every lover regularly turns pale in the presence of his beloved.

XVI

When a lover suddenly catches sight of his beloved, his heart palpates.

XVII

A new love puts to flight an old one.

XVIII

Good character alone makes a man worthy of love.

XIX

If love diminishes, it quickly fails and rarely revives.

XX

A man in love is always apprehensive.

XXI

Real jealousy always increases the feeling of love.

XXII

Jealousy, and therefore love, are increased when one suspects his beloved.

XXIII

He whom the thought of love vexes eats and sleeps very little.

XXIV

Every act of love ends in the thought of his beloved.

XXV

A true lover considers nothing good except what he thinks will please his beloved.

XXVI

Love can deny nothing to love.

XXVII

A lover can never have enough of the solace of his beloved.

XXVIII

A slight presumption causes a lover to suspect his beloved.

XXIX

A man who is vexed by too much passion usually doesn't love.

XXX

A true lover is constantly and without intermission possessed by thought of his beloved.

XXXI

Nothing forbids one woman from being loved by two men or one man by two women.

From "The Art of Courtly Love", by Andreas Caellanus (12c)

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