Of the Burning of the Eares by James Yates

If Talles so often told,
may move us to beleeve,
That trueth of force in them doth rest:
then let it not me greeve,
That I doe credite give
unto the saying old:
Which is, when as the eares doe burne,
some thing on thee is told.
Then trust me now for true,
in me it is approv’d:
For why, my eares have burnt so hot
as I thereby am mov’d,
To write as heare you see,
for to foreshew my case:
That unto fables fond and vaine,
our nature giveth place.
For if the right eare burne,
then thus the saying is:
No good on thee that time they speaks.
but sure how true it is,
I leave it for to judge,
to those that knowe the same:
For if I intermeddle farre,
I shall but purchase blame.
Well, when the left eare burnes,
then doe they speake thee good:
But surely I counte them both
a tale of Robinhood.
Believe them who that lift:
for I will leave the same,
To him which is the righteous Judge,
and Prince of peereles Fame.

From: Yates, James, The castell of courtesie whereunto is adioyned the holde of humilitie: with the chariot of chastitie thereunto annexed. Also a dialogue betwéene age and youth, and other matters herein conteined. By Iames Yates seruingman. 1582, 2003, Text Creation Partnership: Ann Arbor, Michigan and Oxford, p. 73.

Date: 1582

By: James Yates (fl. 1582)

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