For, as we se, a bow that ay is bent Worthis unsmert and dullis on the stryng, So dois the mynd that ay is diligent In ernystful thochtis and in studying : 25 With sad materis sum meryness to myng Accordis weil, this Esope said, I wyss, Dulcius arrident seria pida jocyss.
And clerkis sayis, it is rycht profitabill Amang ernyst to ming a mery sport, 20 To blyth the spreit, and gar the tyme be schort. E, H, kirnell and is delectabill ; B, cirnall sueit and delectable.
Mk, sal hyme ; E, H, Or fire nor watter him neidis ; B, Off fyre nor fallis him.
95 Of this mater to speik it wair bot wynd ; Tharfoir I cese, and wil na forthir say : Ga seik the Jasp quha wil, for thar it lay.
My auctour in this fabill tellis quhow That brutall bestis spak, and understud, And to gud purpose dispute and argow, 45 A sylogysme propone, and eik conclud, Puttyng exempill and similitud ; Quhow mony men in operatioun Are lik to bestis in conditioun.