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Sunday, 18 February 2018

Introduction to “An Answere to a Papystycall Exhortacyon Pretendynge to Avoyde False Doctryne, Under that Colour to Maynteyne the Same” by John Bale

Everye pylde pedlar
Wyll be a medlar
Though ther wyttes be drowsye
And ther lernynge lowsye
Ther meters all mangye
Rashe, rurall, and grangye
Yet wyll they forwarde halte
As menne mased in malte

These vyle cannell rakers
Are now becumme makers
Ther poems out they dashe
With all ther swyber swashe
Ther darnell and ther chaffe
Ther swylle and swynyshe draffe
Soche pype soche melodye
Soche bagge soche beggerye.

Of pylde popyshe facyons
They strowe exhortacions
The people to infecte.
With the sedes of ther secte
Pretendynge to dyffyne
Agaynst the false doctrine
But soche dyrtye geare
Ded menne never heare.

They teache nat in meter
With Paule Johan and Peter
The worlde to edyfye
With goddes worde christenlye
But scripturs they deprave
As madde men that do rave
They daunce with the devyll
To magnysye ther evyll

They drysle forth a dramme
As he that to Christ came
To trappe hym in a snare
Forsoth it is fonde ware
Let christen menne take hede
Unto ther wycked sede
For they seke for to blynde
The syllye symple mynde.

From: Bale, John, An Answere to a Papystycall Exhortacyon Pretendynge to Avoyde False Doctryne, Under that Colour to Maynteyne the Same, 2004, Text Creation Partnership: Ann Arbor, Michigan and Oxford, pp. [unnumbered.
(http://name.umdl.umich.edu/A02620.0001.001)

Date: c1548

By: John Bale (1495-1563)