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it ebbe and flowe, where he yat taketh diligent hede
of ye tide and wether, fhal lightly take away al yat he
fhooteth for. And thus of ye nature of windes and
wether according to my marking you haue hearde
Philologe: and hereafter you fhal marke farre mo
your felfe, if you take hede. And the wether thus
marked as I tolde you afore, you mufle take hede,
of youre flanding, yat therby you may win as much
as you fhal loofe by the wether.

ijfjfjf, I fe well it is no maruell though a man miffe
many tymes in fhootyng, feing ye wether is fo vncon-
flant in blowing, but yet there is one thing which e
many archers vfe, yat mall caufe a man haue leffe
nede to marke the wether, and that is A me gyuing.

SC0X. Of gyuyng Ame, I can not tel wel, what I
fhuld fay. For in a flraunge place it taketh away al
occafion of foule game, which is ye only prayfe of it,
yet by my Judgement, it hindreth ye knowlege of
ihotyng, and maketh men more negligente : ye which
is a difprayfe. Though Ame be giuen, yet take hede,
for at an other mans fhote you can not wel take Ame,
nor at your owne neither, bycaufe the wether wil
alter, euen in a minute • and at the one marke and not
at the other, and trouble your fhafte in the ayer, when
you fhal perceyue no wynde at the ground, as I my
felfe haue fene fhaftes tumble a lofte, in a very fayer
daye. There may be a fault alfo, in drawing or lowf-
ynge, and many thynges mo, whiche all togyther, are
required to kepe a iufl length. But to go forward the
nexte poynte after the markyng of your wether, is the
takyng of your flandyng. And in a fide winde you
mufl fland fumwhat crofTe in to the wynde, for fo
mail you fhoote the furer. Whan you haue taken
good footing, than mufl you looke at your fhafte, yat
no earthe, nor weete be lefte vpon it, for fo fhould it
leefe the lengthe. You mufl loke at the head alfo,
left it haue had any flrype, at the lafl fhoote. A
ftripe vpon a flone, many tymes will bothe marre
the head, croke the fhafte, and hurte the fether,
wherof the left of them all, wyll caufe a man leafe