¶ A Wylde Roge. Cap. 5.
A Wilde Roge is he that is borne a Roge, he is more subtill and more gyuen by nature to all kind of knauery then the other, as heastly begotten in barn or bushes, and from his infancy traded vp in trechery: yea and before rypenes of yeares doth permit, wallow∣ing in lewd lechery, but that is counted amongst them no sin. For this is their custome, that when they méete in barne at night, euery one getteth a mate to lye withall, and there chaunce to be twentye in a company, as their is sometime more, and sometime lesse: for to one man that goeth abroad, there ar at the least two women, which neuer make it straunge when they bee called, although shee neuer knew him before. Then when the day doth appeare, hée rouses him vp and shakes his eares, and away wandering where he maye gette ought to the hurt of others. Yet before he skyppeth out of his couche and departeth from his darling (if he like her well) he will appoynte her where to méete shortly after, with a warning to worke warely for some chetes, that their méeting might be the merier.
Not long sithens, a wild roge chaunced to mete a pore neighbor of mine who for honesty & good nature surmounteth many. This pore man riding homeward from London, where he had made his mar∣ket: Page [unnumbered] this roge demaunded a peny for Gods sake to keepe him a tru• man. This simple man beholding him wel, and saw he was of tal• personage with a good quarter staffe in his hand, it much pi•ied him as he sayd to see him want, for he was well able to serue his prince in the warres. Thus being moued with pitie, loked in his purse too find out a peny, and in loking for the same, he plucked out viii. shil∣lings in whyt money, and raked therin to find a single peny, and at the last finding one, doth offer the same to this wild roge but he sée∣ing so much money in this simple mans hand, beeing striken to the hart with a couetous desire, hid him forthwith to deliuer all that hée had, or else he would with his staffe beat out his braynes: for it was not a peny would nowe quench his thirst séeing so much as he dyd: thus swallowing his spittell gredely down, spoyled this poore man of all the money that hee had, and lept ouer the hedge into a thicke wood, and went his way as merely as this good simple man came home sorowfully. I once rebucking a wilde Roge, because he wente idelly about: he shewed me that he was a begger by inheritance, his Grandfather was a begger, his father was one, and he must nedes be one by good reason.