Is it not true which Seneca reporteth, that as too much bending breaketh the bowe, so too much remission spoyleth the minde?
Ful weel she soong the service dyvyne, Entuned in hir nose ful semely, And Frenssh she spak ful faire and fetisly, After the scole of Stratford atte Bowe, For Frenssh of Parys was to hire unknowe.Geoffrey Chaucer
That muche is my Bowe bent to shoote at these marks,And kyll feare, when the sky falth we shall haue larks.john heywood
O yowthe allas why wilt thow nat enclyne,And un-to reuled reform Bowe thee?Syn resoun is the verray streighte lyneÞat ledith folk un-to felicitee.thomas occleve
That muche is my Bowe bent to shoote at these marks, And kyll feare, when the sky falth we shall haue larks.
Yee have many strings to your Bowe.
* * * Therefore I am wel pleased to take any coulor to defend your honour and hope you wyl remember that who seaketh two strings to one Bowe, he may shute strong but neuer strait.