Les Accidens de l'Homme, Women



regardes plaisans faces ioyeuses ·
des creatures feminines ·
fais deuenir laides hideuses
quant leur baille mes disciplines

Pleasant looks and joyful faces
of the feminine creatures
I make become ugly and gruesome
when I entrust them my disciplines.

Les loups rauissans, Illness
La Vie de l'Homme, Illness
Hardouyn, Bed

The pleasant and joyful woman is lying in her bed because Simon Vostre has mixed up the two scenes with three women.

The picture to the left shows a woman watching over two bedridden women. Malladie / Illness creeps in behind the night nurse and attacks one patient.

The same thing happens in the image to the right, which is about Death's loyal servant, Maladie: »Jay maladie ma loyalle servante«. In fact Hardouyn has produced two verses for this scene. The other one is about the good chambermaid Mortality i.e. the plague: »Mortalité, ma bonne chambrière«. Incidentally, both verses are inspired by the same verse in "Danse aux Aveugles". See verses 8 and 9½ in the right column in this table.

On the other hand, the text with the pleasant looking women, whom Death will quickly make ugly and gruesome, is connected with this scene in Loups Ravissans, which is about the lovely women: (»Ces mignotes femmes tant presieuses«) "these sweet women, so precious", namely Delilah og Myrrha, and their downfall.

Hardouyn has copied this image and also writes about beautiful women: »Ces corps bien fais, ces féminins visaiges« ("these shapely bodies, these feminine faces"), who with a single cruel blow will rot and become food for the worms.

So Vostre has not only removed two of the women, but has also combined the image with the text about female beauty. See the corresponding scene here: Illness.