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Et mihi fpes lata, quod adhuc per te renovata
Succedent fata prisca probitate beata,
Eft tibi nam grata gratia sponte data.
Henrici Quarti primus regni fuit annus,
Quo mihi defecit visus ad acta mea.
Omnia tempus habent, finem natura ministrat,
Quem virtute sua frangere nemo poteft.
Ultra poffe nihil, quamvis mihi velle remansit,
Amplius ut fcribam non mihi posse manet.
Dum potui scripsi, sed nunc quia curva senedus
Turbavit sensus, scripta relinquo fcholis.
Scribat, qui veniet poft me, discretior alter,
Ammodo namque manus et mea penna filent.
Hoc tamen in finem verborum quæso meorum
Prospera quod ftatuat regna futura Deus.

Explicit.

Abalade of gode counfeile, transated out of Latin verses in.

to Englisbe by Dan Ibon Lidgat, cleped The Monke of Burie.

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Consydir well every circumftaunce,
Of what estate soever thou ybe,
Or riche or stronge, or mighty' of puissaunce,
Prudent or wyse, or discret or befy,
The dome of folkes in foth thou may nat fie,
What evir thou doist trustith wel this,
A wickid tonge wol alway deme amis.

For in thy porte or in thine apparaile
If thou be cladde and honestly be faine,
Anone the peple’of malice wol not faile
Without advice or reson for to saine,
That thin array is made or wrought in vain;
Suffre 'hem speke, and trustith right wel this,
A wickid tonge wol alway deme amis.

Thou wil to kingis be equipolent,
With grete lordis evin and peregal;
And if thou be to torne and al to rent
Than wol they say, and jangle ovir al,
Thou art a fogarde that nevir thrive shal;
Suffre 'hem speke, and trustith right wel this,
A wickid tonge wol alway deme amis.

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If it befallin that thou take a wife,
They wollin falsly say in ther entent,
Thou art likely evir to lyve in strife,
Voide of al rest, without aledgèment,
Wivis ben maistris, this is ther judgement;
Suffrin al ther fpeche, and trust right wel this,
A wickid tonge wol alway deme amis.

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If thou be faire and exce'llent of beaute,
Yet wol they say that thou art amourous,
If thou be foule and uglic on to fe,
They wol affirme that thou art vicious,
The peple’ of langage is so dispitous;
Suffre' al ther fpeche, and trustith right wel this,
A wickid tonge wol alway deme amis.

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If so be that of holie parfiteneffe
Thou hast vowid to live in chastite,
Than wollin folke of thy persone expresse
Thou ’art impotent t'engendre'in thy degre,
And thus wher thou be chaste or deflavie;
Suffre 'hem speke, and trustith right wel this,
A wickid tonge wol alway deme amis.

If thou be fattè othir corpulent,
Than woll thei say thou art a grete gloton,
A devourir, or ellis vinolent,
Yf thou be lene or megre of fashion,
Cal the a nygarde in ther opinion;
Suffre them fpeke, and trustith right wel this,
A wickid tonge wol alway deme amis.

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If thon be richè, some wol yeve the laude,
And say it cometh of prudent govirnaunce,
And some wol sain that it comith of fraude,
Othir by lleight or fallè chevisaunce;
To fain the worst folke have fo gret plesaunce;
What! suffre 'hem fay, and trust right wel this,
A wickid tonge wol alway deme amis.

If thou be fadde or fobre' of countinaunce,
Men wollin fayn thou thinkift some trefon,
And if that thou be gladde of daliaunce,
Men wollin deme it defolucion,
And callin faire fpeche adulacion;
Yet let him fpeke, and truslith right wel this,
A wickid tonge wol alway deme amis.

Who that is holy by perfeccion
Men of malice wol clip him Ypocrite,
And who is mery' of clene entencion
Men sain in riot he doth hym delite,
Some mourne in black, some lovin clothis white;
Suffre men speke, and trustith right wel this,
A wickid tonge wol alway deme amis.

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Honest araie men deme it pompe and pride,
And who goeth pore men cal bim a waftir,
And who goeth stil men marke him on the syde,
Seine that he is a fpie or agilir,
Who wastith not men fain he hath trefoure;
Wherof conclude and trustith right wel this,
A wickid tonge wol alway deme amis.

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Who spekith moche men clepith him prudent,
Who, that debateth men sain that he'is hardie,
And who faith litil with grece sentement
Some folke yet wollin wite him of folie,
Trouth is put downe, and up goth flattiry;
And who list plainly knowe the cause of this,
A wickid tonge wol alway deme amis.

For though a man ywere as pacient
As was David chrow his humilitè,
Or with Salo'mon in wisdome as prudent,
Or in knighthode egale with Josue,
Or manly proved as Judas Machabe,
Yet for al that ytruitith right wel this
A wickid tonge wol alway deme amis.

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And though a man yhad che grete prowesse
Of worthy Hector, Troy'is champioun,
The love of Froylus or the kindneffe,
Or of Cæfar the famous high renoun,
With al Alexaundir's dominacioun,
Yet for al that ytrustith right wel this,
A wickid tonge wol alway deme amis.

Or thoughe a man of highe or lowe degre
of Tullius had the sugrid eloquence,
Or of Seneca the moralite,
Or of Caton the forsight and providence,
Conquest of Charles, Artures magnificence,
Yet for al that ytruftith right wel this,
A wickid tonge wol alway demie amis.

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