<1The preface to the crysten reader.>1
Our lorde sende vs nowe some yeres as plentuouse of good corne,
as we haue hadde some yeres of late
plentuouse of euyll bokes. For they haue
growen so faste and sprongen vppe so thykke, full of pestylent
errours and pernyciouse heresyes, that they haue enfected and
kylled I fere me mo sely symple soules, then the famyne of the dere
yeres haue destroyed bodyes. And surely no lytle cause there is to
drede, that the great haboundaunce and plentye of the tone, is no
lytle cause and occasyon of the great derth and scarcite of the tother.
For syth that our lorde of his especyall prouydence, vseth temporally
to punyshe the hole people for the synnys of some parte, to compell
the good folke to forbere & abhorre the noughty, whereby they maye
brynge them to amendement and auoyd them selfe the contagyon of
theyr companye: wysdome were it for vs to perceyue, y<st>s lyke as folke
beginne n . . .