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Conquer thy wyll
Thy fansy not folowing,
For anger and furie
That thy doynges to wise




and wrath
For wrath, saith Plato,
The hastie man
His mad moody mynde
And malyce thee mone
Dread euer god,
Do not reuenge,
Forgeue the offender
He is perfectely pacient,
[That] From wrath and

Disdayne nor enuie
In worde nor dede
Debate and disceate,
Are the chiefe frutes
And Salomon saithe
Of him selfe hath

and subdue thy luste, 768 Pericles.
thy cause though be iuste ;
wyll thee so chaunge 772 Anger's deeds are

[sign. C. iiii. 6.)

strange to wise wyll appeare straunge. seke then to appeace, 776 Leades shame in a leace. Plato. wantes neuer trouble, 780 Isocra. his care doth double.

A hasty man is

always in trouble.
to reuenge thy cause, 784
and daunger of the lawes.
though in thy power it be, Take no revenge,

but forgive.
being thine enemie. 790
we may repute plaine,

himselfe can refrayne. 794
The state of thy brother,

[sign. C. v.]

Envy no one. not hurtyng one an other. Seneca. contencion and enuie, 800 An ill body breeds of an euyll bodie. “ The harte full of enuie, Salomon. no pleasure nor ditie."




CHaritie seketh not

The fruites of charitie, loue, and pacience.

The Fruits of

Charity, dc. Cap. x. YHaritie seketh not that to her doth belonge, Charity seeketh

not her own, But paciently a-bydinge, sustainynge rather wronge; Not enuiynge, but bearinge with loue and pacience, — but bears

patiently. So noble is her nature, –

forgeuing all ofence. 814 [sign. C. v. B.] And loue doth moue the mynde to mercie,

Mercy. But malice againe

doth worke the contrarie. whiche in the wicked wyll euer beare stroke, 820 Pacience thee teacheth therof to beare the yoke.

forbearance. where pacience and loue

to-gether do dwell

824 All hate and debate, with malice, they expell.

Love incitez to

Patience teaches to lead thee to

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IN vaine take not


Pithagoras. Loue constant and faithfull, Pithagoras doth call 828
To be a vertue

most principall. Plato. Plato doth speake

almoste in effecte 832 ' where loue is not,

no vertue is perfecte.' [sign. C. vi. Desire then god

to assiste thee with his grace Pray God to give thee Charity and Charitie to vse

and pacience to imbrace; Patience, These three folowinge

will thee instructe, 840 Virtue's School,

That to vertues schoole they wyll thee conducte,

And from vertues schoole to eternall blisse 844 Eternal Bliss.

where incessaunt ioie continually is. Against Swear A-gainge (80) the horrible vice of swearynge. ing.

Cap. xi. Take not God's

the name of god ;

848 name in vain, Swere not at all

for feare of his rod. or He will plague The house with plagues he threteneth to visit 852 [sign. C. vi. 6.] where othes are vsed : they shall not escape it.

Iuste are his iudgementes, and true is his worde, 856

And sharper then is a two edged sworde; Beware of His wherfore beware thou his heauy indignacion, 860 wrath, and live well in

And learne to lyue well in thy vocacion thy vocation. wherin that god

shall thee set or call ; 864
Rysinge againe-

if it fortune to fall
By prayer and repentance, whiche is the onely waie.
Christ wolde not the death of a sinner, I saye, 870
But rather he turne

From his wickednesse,
And so to lyue

in vertue and goodnesse.
[sign. C. vii.) what better art thou for this thy swearyng 876
What is the good
of swearing? Blasfamouslye,

the name of god tearyng? It kindles God's Prouokynge his

and kyndlinge his wrath wrath against

Thee for to plauge, that geuinge the hath
Knowlage and reason thy selfe for to rule, 884
And for to flee

the thynge that is euyl. Seneca. Senica doth councell thee all swerynge to refrayne,

Although great profite by it thou mighte gaine:

Pericles, whose wordes are manifeste and playne,
From sweryngadmonisheth thee to obstaine; 894



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916 Doom,

in no wise vse,

908 Never talk dirt. for to abuse. accumpte we shall For every word

we shall give render ;this sayinge to remember;— at the Day of at the generall daie

[sign. C. viii.) we shall speake or saie; shalbe most ioyfull, 920 againe as wofull. so shall we receaue,

All men I woulde
To god for it
In earnest or sporte
whiche daye to the iuste
And to the wicked
As we here doe,
Vnles we repente
If god wyll deale
For thinges that be
Then haue we cause
Our lyues lewdly
Thy tonge take hede
From speakyng wordes
Thy wyll and witte
Thy mynde exercise

A-gainste the vice of lyinge.

Capitulo .xiii. To forge, to fayne,

to flater and lye, 944 Plato. Requiere diuerscollours with wordes fayre and slye, But the vtterauncc of truthe is so simple and playne

924 and be judged

according to our and mercy of god craue. with vs so straight 928 of so small waight, to feare and dreade, 932 Let lewd livers

then fear. if we haue leade. thou doe refrayne 936 Keep your tongue

from vain talking. that are moste vayne ;

[sign. C. viii. 6.] to goodnes applie, 940 Aristot. in vertuous studie.


Against Lying.

To speak the


truth needs no That it nedeth no studie to forge or to fayne ; 950 study, therefore always wherfore saye truth, how euer stand the case, So shalte thou fynde

more fauour and 954 practise Vse truthe, and say truth, in that thou goest aboute, speak it.

For tyme of althinges the truthe wyll bringe out. [sign. D. i.) Shame is the rewarde For lying dewe; 960 Shame is the reward of lying. Then auoyde shame, and ytter wordes trewe.

A lyar by his lying this profet doth get, 964

That whan he saith truth no man wyll him credet; Always speak the Then let thy talke

with the truth


968 truth. And blamed for it

thou shalte neuer bee. Who can trust a Howe aie a man

a lyer ought truste? 972 But doubte his dedes, his woordes being vniuste. In tellyng of truth there lougeth no shame,

Where vttring of lyes deserueth much blame; If a lie saves you And though a lye

from stripes ye once saue, [sign. D. i. 6.] Thrise for that once

it wyll the desceue; 982 it deceives you

Truste then to truth, and neither forge nor fayne,
And followe these pre-

from liyng do refraine. 986




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TA praier to be saide when thou

goest to bedde. God of mercy,

Mercifull god! heare this our requeste,

And graunte vnto vs this nighte quiet reste. 990 take us into Thy Into thy tuicoin,

oh lorde, do vs take ! Our bodies slepynge,

our myndes yet maie wake. Forgive us our Forgeue the offences this daye we haue wroughte

A-gainste thee and our in worde, dede, and neighbour

thoughte! 998 And graunte vs thy grace hense forth to flie sinne, (sign. D. i.) And that a newe lyfe we maie nowe beginne! Deliver us from Deliuer and defende vs this night from all euell, evil,

And from the daunger of our enemie, the diuell, whiche goeth a-boute sekyng his praie, 1008 And by his crafte

whom we maie betraie.

and our enemy the Devil.

Assiste vs, oh lorde, with thy holy sprite, 1012 Assist us
That valiantly against him we maie euer fighte;
And winning the victorie, maie lifte vp our voice, to conquer him
And in his strength faithfully reioice, 1018
Saying, " to the lorde be all honour and praise
For his defence

bothe now and alwaies ! ”

and ascribe all honour to Thee.

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4 Ye fathers and mothers, so your children instructe Parents,

As maye them to grace and uertue conducte. 1038

5 Ye chyldren, lykewyse obey your parentes here; In all godlinesse


them feare.

'[sign. D. iii.] Children,

see that

6 Ye maisters, do you

Not lokynge what

the thynge that is righte Masters,
ye may do by mighte.


7 Ye seruauntes, applie

Doinge the same


busines and arte, in singlenesse of harte.


8 Ye husbandes, loue your wyues,

and with them dwell, All bitternesse set aparte,

vsing wordes gentell. 1054

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