1 The Prologue.
INterpone tuis interdum gaudia curis
Vt po s s is animo quemuis sufferre laborem
Doo any of you knowe what latyne is this
5Or ells wold you haue an expositorem
To declare it in Engly she per sensum planiorem
It is be st I speake Engly she or ells with in awhylle
I may percace myne ownselfe with my latin begile

The two verses which I rehersid before
10I finde writen in the boke of Cato the wyse
Emongs good precepts of lyuing a thousand more
Which to folowe there he doth all men auise
And they may be Engly shed breflie in this wise
Emongs thy carfull busines vse sume time mirth & ioye
15That no bodilye worke thy wytts breke or noye

For the mynd (saith he) in serius matters occupied
If it haue not sum quiet mirthe and recreacion
Interchaungeablie admixed mu st niddes be sone weried
And (as who should saye) tried, through continual opera- (cion)
20Of labour and busines without relaxacion
Therfor intermixt hone st mirthe in suche wise
That your strenght may be refre shid & to labours suffise

For as meat and drinke, naturall re st and slype
For the conseruacion and helth of the bodye
25Mu st niddes be had, soo the mynd and wittes to kype
Pregnant, fre she indu struis, quike and lu stie
Hone st mirthe, and pa stime is requisite and nece s s arie
For Quod caret alterna requie durabile non e st
Nothyng may endure (saith Ouyd) with out sum re st