Skip to main content

Full text of "Roger Ascham Toxophilus 1545"

See other formats


ftfje gdjrite 0f gfjoottttg.                     59

fbme men woulde haue bene angrye and
offended with him, naye fayeth he, you muft take me
as I meane : I fpeake not agaynft greate candelles, but
agaynft lytle candels, for they be not all one (quoth he) I
promyfeyou: And fo euerye man laughed him to fcorne.

In dede as for greate men, and greate mennes mat-
ters, I lyfl not greatlye to meddle. Yet this I woulde
wyfme that all great men in Englande had led ouer dili-
gentlye the Pardoners tale in Chaucer, and there they
fhoulde perceyue and fe, howe moche fuche games
Hand with theyr worfhyppe, howe great foeuer they be.
What great men do, be it good or yll, meane men com-
munelye loue to followe, as many learned men in many
places do faye, and daylye experience doth playnelye
Ihewe, in cofllye apparrell and other lyke matters.

Therefore, feing that Lordes be lanternes to leade
the lyfe of meane men, by their example, eyther to
goodneffe or badneffe, to whether foeuer they lifte : and
feinge alfo they haue libertie to lyfle what they will, I
pray God they haue will to lift that which is good, and
as for their playing, I wyll make an ende with this faying
of Chaucer.

Lordes mightfinde them other maner ofpleye
Honest ynough to dnue the daye awaye.

But to be Ihorte, the befl medicine for all fortes of
men both high and lowe, yonge and oulde, to put
awaye fuche vnlawfull games is by the contrarye, lyke-
wyfe as all phyficions do alowe in phyfike. So let
youthe in fteade of fuche vnlefull games, whicheftande
by ydleneffe, by folitarinelfe, and corners, by night
and darkeneffe, by fortune and chaunce, by crafte and
fubtiltie, vie fuche paflimes as fLand by labour : vpon
the daye light, in open fyght of men, hauynge fuche an
ende as is come to by conning, rather then by crafte :
and fo fhulde vertue encreafe, and vice decaye. For
contrarye paftimes, muft nedes worke contrary mindes
in men, as all other contrary thinges doo.

thuž we fe Philologe, that moting is not onely