Excerpt from Six Anonymous Plays, First Series (C. 1510-1537): Comprising, Four Elements; The Beauty and Good Properties of Women (Usually Known as Calisto and Melibea); Every Man; Hickscorner; The World and the Child; Thersites; Note-Book and Word-List
Mes. Th' abundant grac... e of the power divine, Which doth illumine the world environ, [cline Preserve this audience, and cause them to in To charity, this is my petition; For by your patience and supportatiori A little interlude, late made and prepared, Before your presence here shall be declared, Which of a few conclusions is contrived, And points Of philosophy natural. But though the matter be not so well declared, As a great clerk could do, nor so substantial, Yet the author hereof requireth you all, Though he be ignorant, and can little skill, To regard his only intent and good-will; Which in his mind hath Ofttimes pondered, What number of books in our tongue maternal Of toys and tri¿es be made and imprinted, And few of them Of_ matter substantial; [shall For though many make books, yet unneth ye In our English tongue find any works Of cunning, that is regarded by Clerks. The Greeks, the Romans, with many other mo, In their mother tongue wrote works excellent. Then if clerks in this realm would take pain so, B 2.
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