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P) Playe not Iacke maleperte, that ys to say,
    be ware of presumpc_i_on, be ware of pryde; 492
  take not the first place, my child, by the waye;
    till[e] oder be sette, ryght manerly a-byde,
    presumtvous be ofte sette a-syde
      & all[e] day avaled, as me_n_ may see, 496
      & he ys sette vp that hat[=h] humylyte.



Lete galante go / I mene recheles rusky[=n]
[Sidenote:  Let Reckless Ruskyn go!]
Take hede my chyld to suche as be connyng
[Sidenote:  You follow skilful men,]
So shal ye best worship conquere & wynne 479
Enforce you in al your demenyng_e_
To folowe vertu / & fro folye declynyng_e_
[Sidenote:  virtue and]
And waite wel that ye loue honeste
[Sidenote:  honesty.]
Whiche is acordynge[1] vnto humanyte 483

[Footnote 1:  Orig. accrdynge.]


[Sidenote:  Leaf 12 b.]

That is for you / to vnderstonde & knowe
That your araye / be manerly resonable
[Sidenote:  Don’t dress]
Not apysshe / on to mocken ne to mowe 486
[Sidenote:  apishly]
To nyce araye / that is not commendable
[Sidenote:  or foppishly.]
Fetis newe founden[1] by foolis vnp_ro_uffitable
That make [th]^e world so plainly transformate
That men semen almoste enfemynate 490

[Footnote 1:  Orig. fonuden.]


Playe not Iack malapert / that is to saye
[Sidenote:  Don’t play Jack Malapert, that is,]
Beware of presump_ci_on / beware of pryde[1]
[Sidenote:  don’t be presumptuous.]
Take not [th]^e first place my child by the waye 493
Tyl other be sette / right manerly abyde
[Sidenote:  Wait till others are seated.]
Presumptuo_us_ ben often set a syde. 
And_e_ alleday aualyd_e_ / as men may see
And he is sette vp / that hath humylyte 497

[Footnote 1:  Orig. pryte.]

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To[1] cu_n_nyng p_er_sones regarde ye take,
[Sidenote 1:  MS. The.]
  Where ye be sette in right atentif wyse,
Connyng folke cu_n_nyng folke shulde make, 500
  To theire goodnesse ye shalle make your_e_ su_m_mise,
  And as thei do, ye mosten deuyse;
    For this, my childe, is as the gospell treue,
    Whoo wolle be cu_n_nyng muste the cu_n_nyng sewe.


And o thing I charge you speciall[ie],
  To womanhode good kepe you take alway,
And them to serue loke that ye haue an eie, 507
  Ther comau_n_dementis, my child_e_, loke ye obey,
  Plesaunt wordis to them I warne you saye,
    And in all wyse do your_e_ dilligence,
    To do them plesur_e_, honoure, and reuerence. 511

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