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his lengthe. For fuche thinges which chaunce euery
fhoote, many archers vfe to haue fumme place made
in theyr cote, fitte for a lytle fyle, a flone, a Hun-
fyfhfkin, and a cloth to dreffe the fhaft fit agayne at
all nedes. Thys muft a man looke to euer when
he taketh vp his fhaft. And the heade maye be made
to fmothe, which wil caufe it flye to far : when youre
lhafte is fit, than muft you take your bow euen in the
middes or elles you fhall both leafe your lengthe, and
put youre bowe, in ieopardye of breakynge. Nock-
ynge iufte is next, whicla is muche of the fame nature.
Than drawe equallye, lowfe equallye, wyth houldynge
your hande euer of one heighte to kepe trew com-
paffe. To looke at your fhafte hede at the lowfe, is
the greateft helpe to kepe a lengthe that can be,
whych thyng yet hindreth excellent fhotyng, bicaufe
a man can not mote flreight perfitlye excepte he
looke at his marke : yi I mould fhoote at a line and
not at the marke, I woulde alwayes loke at my fhaft
ende, but of thys thyng fome what afterwarde. Nowe
if you marke the wether diligentlye, kepe your ftand-
ynge iuflely, houlde and nocke trewlye, drawe and
lowfe equallye, and kepe your compace certaynelye,
you mail neuer miffe of your lengthe.

•Jlfji. Then there is nothyng behinde to make me
hit ye marke but onely mooting flreight.

QLox* No trewlye. And fyrile I wyll tell you what
fhyftes Archers haue founde to fhoote flreyght, than
what is the beft waye to fhoote flreyght. As the
wether belongeth fpecially to kepe a lengthe (yet
a fide winde belongeth alfo to mote flreight) euen
fo the nature of the pricke is to mote flreight. The
lengthe or fhortneffe of the marke is .alwayes vnder
the rule of the wether, yet fumwhat there is in ye
marke, worthye to be marked of an Archer. Yf the
prickes fland of a flreyght plane ground they be ye
beft to mote at. Yf ye marke fland on a hyl fyde or
ye ground be vnequal with pittes and turninge wayes
betwyxte the markes, a mans eye fhall thynke that