¶ A new yeres gyfte, wherein is taught the knowledge of our selfe and the feare of God. Worthy to be geuen and thanke­fullye receyued of al Christen men.

Imprynted at London bi Robert Crowley dwellinge in The rentes in Holb [...]rn. The yere of our Lord. M. D. xlix. the laste daye of December

☞ Autore eodem Roberto Croleo

¶ Cum prunlegio ad impri­mendum solum.

¶ To the Christian Reader.

HAue here (gentle reader) a thinge verie small
In vtter aparaunce (as thou maiest wel see)
And yet in effecte it conteineth all
That Christ in his Gospel requi­reth of the,
Wherfore as a miroure or glasse let it bee,
Wherin thou maist se thine owne Image plaine,
And haue therby cause thy luste to restraine.
AS bread to the hungry is better then golde
And Drincke in oute drought, a treasure most hie:
And as the fyre pleaseth the man that is colde
So doeth honest knowledge such as be wittie.
Prouerb. ix.
For suche men do fele them selues eased therby.
And as the mā that doeth a greate treasure finde
So are they delyted therwyth in theyr minde.
¶ Intending therfore to geue to the wyse.
A present of pleasure at this new­yets tyde
A more pleasant thinge. I coulde not deuise
Emonge all the treasure of thys world so wyde
To suche men as be not pufte (vp with pride)
[Page] Then for to teach them with wor­des most plaine
By what meanes they mighte all theyr vices refraine
¶ First se that ye learne your selfe for to knowe
From whense ye are come,
Rom. xiiii.
and whither you shall
And that God wyll iudge as well hyghe as lowe
When he shalbe set on hys tribu­nall.
Not fearynge the greate, nor spa­rynge the small
But geueyng to all men of euerye degre
Accordynglye as theyre doynge shall be.
ii Cor. v.
☞ For who so that knoweth him self thorowly
Shall neuer be haute nor loftie of mynde
But shalbe in herte euermore low lye
[Page] Confessynge the fautes that are in mankynde.
The loue of him selfe shal him ne­uer blynde.
Esai. lxiiii
He shall knowe him selfe to be but vyle duste
Whych knowledge shal cause him to brydle his lust.
¶ If he be a kynge, a Lorde or a knighte
And haue of his contrey the cheife gouernaunce
He shall euer haue him selfe in hys syght
When flattering fortune shal him aduaunce.
Hys rentes and hys fees he shall not er. haunce
For he shall alwayes haue mynde of his ende
And studie the innocente for to de­fende.
Eccle. vii.
☞ For why he ne knoweth howe soone he shall go
[Page] To duste whēse he came as nature doth bynde
And certen he is to haue endeles wooe
If happlye he frame not his herte and his minde
Wyth all his endeuoure to search and to fynde
The waye that shall lede him into endles blisse
Whiche all men haue loste bi that one dyd amisse
☞ He knoweth not the tyme,
Rome. v.
the maner nor place
Of hys goynge hense, it is so vn­certayne
Wherefore he will call to God for hys grace
To gouerne the Fancies of hys fleshlye, brayne
That after thys lyfe he maye lyue and reigne
Wyth the kyng of al kinges, who geueth the same
[Page] To all that do aske it in Christe (his sonnes) name.
Iohn. xiiii.
☞ In fine, al estates what so euer they be
That do know them selfe,
Eccles. vil.
& thinke on their ende
Wyll seke to walke ryght in their owne degre
And all their enormities for to e­mende.
And that whiche they seke for, god wyll them sende.
For he of his promise is certen and sure
And wil be as longe as this world shall endure.
Math. vii.
☞ I areade you therefore thys knoweledge to gette
With al maner haste and expedite spede
Remoueynge al thinges that may do you lette
Leste haplye ye lacke it in tyme of youre nede
[Page] And compt your selfe corne when you be but vyle wede
Or else to be braunches of Christe the true vine
When your fruite is apt to make no good wyne.
☞ Fyrst know yt the matter wher­of ye do growe
Is more vile in sight then the dirt of the strete.
Gene. [...]
And when ye be growne vp ye do not knowe howe
Then do ye begynne awaye for to flete
Euen as doeth the floud after plē ­tie of wete
Iob. xiiii.
And when ye be furnished beste to enoure
Then of youre abydynge you are most vnsure
Youre norishyng vp in youre ten­der age
Is very paynful, and ryght dain­gerous
[Page] And whē ye be stronge, then ginne you to rage
And to folow maners voluptuous
Not one emonge twentie is found desyrous
To furnish him selfe with maners vprighte
And to be founde honeste in euery manes sighte
¶ Yea where haue we one that doeth him apply
To any good thinge by hys owne accorde?
Psal. xiiii.
Wythoute chastismente we do no­thinge pardie
Tyll we be out of the reache of the rodde
Except speciall grace be geuen vs of god
To brydle our luste and our flesh­ly wyll
Whiche can of it felfe do nothyng but yll
[Page] ☞ And when we be come to oure owne gouernaunce
Then either we endeuoure ryghte shortli to clime
Or else do we geue vp our selfe to pastaunce
And in Idlenes consume all oure tyme
As thoughe Idlenes were not a foule cryine.
Math xxiiii. Luke. xii.
And for to mispend that god hath vs sente
Dyd not at godes hande, deserue punishmente
☞ Nowe when we wax olde and drawe to oure ende.
Then entereth Auarice into oure herte
And causeth that when we ought chiefli to emende
We are geuen wholi to the contratie parte
No promyse nor threatnynge can vs conuerte
[Page] Vnles the lorde god do drawe vs bi his grace
Forgeueinge oure sinnes and our wicked tresp [...]se.
☞ Thus see yee howe vile, howe k [...]e [...]ke and how wilde
Howe wyckedly bente, and howe abominable
How hard to emende, and eke how detyl [...]e.
Ye are, and in all poyntes how miserable,
Howe in your desyres vnsatiable
And how of your selfe ye be worst in the ende
When reasone woulde rather that ye shoulde emende
¶ Consyder therfore your selfe in this glasse
And let not youre Image go oute of your syghte
And then I ne doubte it will come well to passe
[Page] That you shal endeuour to walke styll vprighte
And in the Lordes law to set your delighte
Psal. xviii.
So that by hys grace ye shall ne­uer blinne
To call for his mercie and repent youre synne
¶ Thys done, you muste learne that god is your iudge
Who iudgeth all men wythouten respecte.
Iob. xxxiiii.
He is not a frayde of youre armes hudge
Nor of the stronge fortes that you do erecte.
He is euer able suche thinges too deiecte.
And wil whē he lusteth beat doune to the ground
All suche mightye thinges,
Gen. iiii.
wherso they be founde
He feared not Caine that kylled Abell
[Page] No more dyd he spare poore La­mech the blynde
Stoute Nemroth also that buyl­ded Babel,
Gene. x.
In parte of his plages was no­thyng behynde:
Gene. xix.
The fylthie Sodomes dyd small fauoure fynde
Ryght so dyd in Egipte the kyng Pharao,
Exo. xv.
And Nabuchodonozer with other moe.
Dani. iiii.
☞ What shulde I rehearse howe in wildernes
Nume. xi. Exod. xxxii.
He plaged his people that oft did repine
And how afterward for vnthank­fulnesse
They planted the vines & dranke not the wyne
Suche is the power of the God­head diuine
Wherefore I aduise you for to repente.
[Page] Before he do come to syt in iudge­mente.
¶ For when he is set, he will iudg you righte
It is thē to late for mercy to craue
And in no place can you be out of his sighte
For he seeth the corners of euerye caue
To him lyeth open bothe hell and the graue.
Psal. xxxxix.
Wherefore while you mai do ther vpon thyncke
And let the lordes feare into your hertes syncke.
☞ Embrace the lordes fear: for therof doth springe
The rote of all wisedome,
Psalm, xxi.
as Da­uid doeth say
And if ye lacke that then know ye nothinge
Belongynge vnto the heauenlye waye.
[Page] For vpon goddes feare all know­ledge must stay
Else muste it nedes be reproued as vayne
Because it procedeth of manes I­dle braine.
¶ But knowledg yt doeth spryng oute of the Lordes feare
Is euermore constante, certen and sure
And causeth eche man hys crosse for to beare
And in all hys trouble for to en­dure
It causeth a man to haue litle ple­sure,
In anye thynge that doeth vpon the earth lye
And to seke his conforte in heauen on hie.
☞ Goddes feare teacheth as to seke for his will
And eke for to frame oure lyfe to the same
[Page] Ryght so doeth it teache vs to do no man yll
In hurtinge his person or staine­ynge his fame
It teacheth vs to lead a life with­oute blame.
And to do our best to profit al mē
With al the giftes that God hath to vs geuen.
☞ Thus knowyng my selfe, and fearinge the Lorde
I wyshe to all men a luckie newe yere,
And grace for to seeke after peace and concorde
That the loue of Christe maye in them apeare
And that banketting in spirituall there
They maye all theyr faultes espye d [...]em ende
Before the twelue monethes bee come to an ende.

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