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hym that moteth vnder hande, bycaufe it wyll hobble:
a little brefled lhafte for hym yat ihoteth aboue ye
hande, bicaufe it wyl ftarte: a payre of windynge
prickes, and many other thinges mo, which you fhal
marke your felfe, and as ye knowe them, fo learne to
amend them. If a man woulde leaue to looke at his
ihafte, and learne to loke at his marke, he maye vfe
this wave, whiche a good fhooter tolde me ones that
he did. Let him take his bowe on the nyght, and
Ihoote at. ii. lightes, and there he mall be compelled to-
looke alwayes at his marke, and neuer at his lhafte: This
thing ones or twyfe vfed wyl caufe hym forfake lokynge
at hys mafte. Yet let hym take hede of fettynge his
fhafte in the bowe.

Thus Philologe to Ihoote flreyght is the leafle
mayflerie of all, yf a manne order hym felfe there-
after, in hys youthe. And as for keypynge a lengthe,
I am fure the rules whiche I gaue you, will neuer
difceyue you, fo that there fhal lacke nothynge,
eyther of hittinge the marke alwayes, or elles verye
nere fhotynge, excepte the faulte be onely in youre owne
felfe, whiche maye come. ii. wayes, eyther in hauing a
faynt harte or courage, or elles in fufferynge your felfe
ouer muche to be led with affection: yf a mans
mynde fayle hym, the bodye whiche is ruled by the
mynde, can neuer do his duetie, yf lacke of courage
were not, men myght do mo maflries than they do, as
doeth appere in leapynge and vaultinge.

All affections and fpecially anger, hurteth bothe
mynde and bodye. The mynde is blynde therby: and
yf the mynde be blynde, it can not rule the bodye aright.
The body both blood and bone, as they fay, is brought
out of his ryght courfe by anger: Wherby a man lacketh
his right ftrengthe, and therfore can not fhoote wel.
Yf thefe thynges be auoyded (whercf I wyll fpeake
no more, both bycaufe they belong not properly to
footing, and alfo you can teache me better, in them,
than I you) and al the preceptes which I haue gyuen
you, dilligently marked, no doubt ye fhal ihoote as
well as euer man dyd yet, by the grace of God.