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Bowersock 1995: 39, and note Martyrdom of Polycarp 4, for the discountenancing of voluntary martyrdom.
Hence John of Gaunt might infer the necessity of discountenancing an attempt to strip it of its ornaments and its poetical character, and to reduce it to a mere affair of the understanding.