THE discourse ensuing is divided into three parts or sections (as it were breathing places), lest it may seem confused, or too tedious to be read all at once.
1. The first justifies the use of the homeliest words.
2. The second proves the matter not to be contemptible.
3. The third shows the form, and how it may be reformed.
1. The first begins gravely, and ends lightly.
2. The second begins pleasantly, and ends soberly.
3. The third is mixed, both seriously and merrily.
1. I would pray you to weigh the grave authorities reverently; for they are true and authentical.
2. I would wish you to regard the pleasant histories respectively; for they be honest and commendable.
3 I would advise you to use the merry matters modestly; for so they may be faultless and harmless.
1. If you mean not to read it, then dispraise it not; for that would be counted folly.
2. Till you have fully read it, censure it not; for that may be deemed rashness.
3. When you have read it, say both of us have lost more time than this in our days; and that perhaps would be judged the right.