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Thursday, 7 April 2016

Excerpt from “A Treatyse, Shewing and Declaring the Pryde and Abuse of Women Now a Dayes” by Charles Bansley

Bo pepe what have I spyed?
a bug, I trow, devysing of proud knacks
For wanton lasses and galant women,
and other lewde noughty packes.

O, cursed pride! the spring and rote of everi sin,
full yll myghte thou fare,
For thou hast brought thys wealthy realme
into moche payne and care.

And what maketh us to fall from God,
and thus wyckedly to lyve as we doo?
But pryde, pryde, thys curssed vyce
that hath banished welth, and brought us woo.

And yet wyl the wycked cloke thys pryde,
and prayse it, and lyke it well;
But theyr prayse and cloke wyll not serve,
but hoyst them to the devyll of hell.

They saye that all the pryde is in the harte,
and none in the garmentes gaye;
But surely yf there were no proude hartes,
there woulde be no proude araye.

From: Bansley, Charles and Collier, J. P. (ed.), A Treatyse, Shewing and Declaring the Pryde and Abuse of Women Now a Dayes, 1841, London, pp. 3-4.
(https://books.google.com.au/books?id=vBlkAAAAcAAJ)

Date: ?1548

By: Charles Bansley (fl. 1548)

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