In this manner the good theefe pleaded and defended our cause, being a good Patron to the silly virgin, and to me poore asse.
He asked euery body that he met, if they sawe an asse straye alone.
For he thoughte the saddell had be lefte of the asse, as bones are of fleshe.
I have nothing, good Lady, but empty bottles; says the asse.
The thirde daye Abraham lyfte vp his eyes and sawe the place a farr of/ and sayde vnto his yong men: byde here with the asse.
To a bead-roll of learned men and lords, he appeals, whether he be an asse or no?
For what can be more acceptable than this asse of Gold indeed.
Thus the good man, desyrynge to please euerye bodye, contentynge none at all, loste his asse.
Then happie was he that was an asse, for nothing wyll kill an asse but colde, and none dide but with extreame heate.
But the old author is so enchanted with the "asse" that he does not stay to notice this scurvy trick.