Note: The text of THE LONGER THOU LIVEST THE MORE FOOL
THOU ART was submitted by Prof. Ian Lancashire, April/87.
A Very Merry and Pithy Comedy Called
The Longer Thou Livest
The More Fool Thou Art
Aristophanes, as Valerius doth tell,
Introduceth Periclesin acomedy
That he, being reduced again set of hell
Unto th'Athenienses did thus prophes:
Bring up no lions in your cities wantonly
For,as you bring them up in acts pernicious,
So in the same you must be to them obsequious.
By this, saith Valerius, he doth admonish
That rich men's sons be from evil manners refrained
Let that with profuse fondness do them nourish
(Virtue of them ever after be disdained)
So that, when authority they have obtained,
They themselves being given to inconvenience
Oppress their subjects under their obedience.
O how noble a thing I good education,
For all estates profitable, but for them chiefly
Which by birth are like to have gubernat . . .