Caxton's Book of Curtesye eBook

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To helpe the prest whan he shall sey the masse,
  Whan hit shall happen you or be-tyde,
Remeue not ferr_e_ ne from his p_re_sence passe, 87
  Kneleth or stondeth deuoutly hym be-syde,
  And not to nyghe; your_e_ tounge mooste be applied
    To Answere hym wyth[1] v[o]ice full moderate;
[Sidenote 1:  MS. wyth hym wyth.]
    Avyse you well, my lityll childe, Algate 91


To mynystre wyth de-voute Reuerence,
  Loke that ye do your_e_ humble obseruaunce
Debonarly wyth [dewe] obideence, 94
  Cyrcum-spectly, wyth eu_er_[y] circumstaunce
  Of porte, of chere, demevir_e_ of countenaunce,
    Remembryng, the lord aboue is he
    Whom to serue is grettest liberte. 98

[Sidenote:  Hill’s Text.]

P) Avyce you well[e] also for any thynge,
    The chyrche, of p_ra_yer ys howse & place;
  be ware therfor of clappe or Iangelynge, 80
    ffor i_n_ the chyrche yt ys a full[e] gret trespas,
    & a token of suche as lacketh g_ra_ce. 
      Ther be ye demvre, & kepe ye scilence,
      And s_er_ve ye god w_i_t_h_ all yo_u_r delygence. 84

[Sidenote:  ffl C lxj.]

P) To helpe the P_re_est wha_n_ he sayth masse,
    wha_n_ yt shall[e] happen you or betyde,
  Remeve not fer, ne fro_m_ his p_re_sence passe;
    knele or stonde you devovtly hy_m_ besyde, 88
    & not to ny[=g]h:  yo_u_r tonge mvst be applyde
      To answere hy_m_ w_i_t_h_ woyce moderate. 
      Avyce you well, my lytill child, algate

P) To mynyster w_i_t_h_ devout reverence; 92
    loke ye do yo_u_r hu_m_ble observaunce
  Debonerly wyth dewe obedyence,
    Circu_m_spectly w_i_t_h_ euery circu_m_stavnce
    Of poort, & chere of goodly covntenavnce, 96
      Remembryng well the lorde a-bove ys he,
      whome to s_er_ve ys grettest lyberte.



Auyse you wel also / for ony thinge
The chirche of prayer / is hous and place
Beware therfore / of clappe or Iangelyng_e_ 80
[Sidenote:  Don’t chatter,]
For in [th]^e chirche / it is a ful grate trespaas
And a token of suche / as lackyth grace
There be ye demure / and kepe ye scilence
[Sidenote:  but be silent, and serve God.]
And serue ye god / with al your diligence 84


[Sidenote:  Leaf 3 a.]

To helpe the preest / whan he saith masse
[Sidenote:  When you help the priest at Mass,]
Whan it shal happen you or betyde
Remeue not fer / ne from his presence passe 87
Knele or stonde ye / deuoutly hym besyde
[Sidenote:  kneel or stand near him,]
And not to nyg[=h] your to_n_ge muste be applide
Tanswere hym / with voys ful moderate
[Sidenote:  and answer him in a moderate tone.]
Auyse you wel / my lityl childe algate 91

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