Or Thus by Edmund Elviden

Thou must determine so to live and thee for to behave:
As every night thou didst suppose a bed to be thy grave.
It is thy duety so to guide thy selfe in every thing:
That al thy deedes may serve thy helth and not delites to bring.

For it thou weigh the happy plight thy nature doth adorne:
Thou shalt perceave how fonde excess thy nature seemes to scorne.
But how, it measure doth esteme which neyther doth suppresse
Thy natures health ne maintenance but scornes as much excesse.

If therfore thou wouldst faine preserve thy selfe and kepe thee cleane:
Thou must indevour for to get in every thing the meane.
When thou beginnest any thing remember in thy brayne
That death may visite thee before the ende thou canst attayne.

From: Elviden, Edmund, The closet of counsells conteining the aduice of diuers wyse philosophers, touchinge sundry morall matters, in poesies, preceptes, prouerbes, and parrables, translated, and collected out of diuers aucthors, into Englishe verse. Wherunto is anexed a pithy and pleasant discription of the abuses: and vanities of the wworlde, 1569, Thomas Colwell, pp. [unnumbered].

Date: 1569

By: Edmund Elviden (fl. 1569-1570)


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