The firste vertue, sone, if thou wilt lere, Is to restreine and kepen wel thy tonge.
Herein may be seen noble chyvalrye, curtosye, humanyte , frendlynesse, hardynesse, love, frendshyp, cowardyse, murdre, hate, vertue, and synne.
Great Goddesse to whose throne in Cynthian fires,This earthlie Alter endlesse fumes expires,Therefore, in fumes of sighes and fires of griefe,To fearefull chances thou sendst bold reliefe,Happie, thrise happie, Type, and nurse of death,Who breathlesse, feedes on nothing but our breath,In whom must vertue and her issue liue,Or dye for euer.George Chapman
The first vertue, sone, if thou wilt lerne, Is to restreyne and kepen wel thy tonge.Geoffrey Chaucer
Against diseases here the strongest fence, Is the defensive vertue, abstinence.Robert Herrick
Of all the garden herbes none is of greater vertue than sage.