Specimens of English Literature from the 'Ploughmans Crede' to the 'Shepheardes Calender, ' A.D. 1394-A.D. 1579 Volume 3

Specimens of English Literature from the 'Ploughmans Crede' to the 'Shepheardes Calender, ' A.D. 1394-A.D. 1579 Volume 3

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1892 edition. Excerpt: ...but lament that they shoulde be deemed to be true, and I feare me they be not altogether false; ther can no great smoke arise, but there must be some fire, no great reporte without great suspition. Frame therefore your lyues 160 to such integritie, your studyes to atteininge of such perfection, that neither the might of the stronge, neyther the mallyce of the weake, neither the swifte reportes of the ignoraunt be able to spotte you wyth dishonestie, or note you of vngodlynesse. The greatest harme that you can doe vnto the 165 enuious, is to doo well; the greatest corasiue that you can giue vnto the ignoraunte, is to prosper in knowledge; the greatest comforte that you can bestowe on your parents, is to lyue well and learne well; the greatest commoditie that you can yeelde vnto your Countrey, is with wisedome to bestowe 1 jo that talent, that by grace was giuen you. And here I cannot choose but giue you that counsel that an olde man in Naples gaue mee most wisely, although I had then neither grace to followe it, neyther will to giue eare to it, desiring you not to reiect it bicause I did once 175 dispise it. It was this, as I can remember, word for word. "Descende into your owne consciences, consider with your-selues the great difference between staring and starkeblynde, witte and wisedome, loue and lust: Be merry, but with modestie: be sober, but not too sullen: be valiaunt, but 180 not too venterous: let your attire be comely, but not too costly: your dyet wholesome, but not excessiue: vse pastime as the word importeth, to passe the time in honest recreation: mistrust no man without cause, neither be ye credulous without proofe: be not lyght to follow euery mans opinion, 18; neither obstinate to stande in your owne conceipts: serue...show more

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  • Paperback | 178 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 10mm | 327g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236893891
  • 9781236893895