GEntle reader consider that vertue and continual goode aplicationes and plaine dealinges is a presiouse guel, and moste comonly are wonte to haue goode procee∣dinges, and finish with a happy ende.
Suficiente examples oure Irish nasion gaue nowe of late for to imitate vertue plaine dealinges and goode religion, By di∣vine power bestowed, on that noble and renoomed coronell Butler, in prudently preventinge the trechery and prepared malice of Val∣stene and his Counseleres againste the house of Austria. Whiche the omnipotente bestowinge on him that special grace, and that to be toughte resultinge of the vndeniable truth, and plaine dealinges of his, and his predecessores, and of his renoomed Captaines and soul∣diores that were with him in that honorable interprice of perpetual memory.
Plainely mighte it by vnderstoude that thies Irish bienge so feowe in number, that for the executinge of so greate, so dangerouse, and almoste vnespected and impossible acte of armes. (That it muste by a gifte bestwoed of the divine power, for the benefit of truth and vertue of theires (and predecessores) stil groundinge and observin∣ge true religion and vertouse life, so that they warded this renoomed warrier Valstene with ablowe of his mortal ende, with abucler inuio∣rened with divine defence, and prosperitie to the house of Austria, and of perpetual renoome and glorie to oure Irish nasion. The om∣nipotente inlighten vs to imitate the vndeniable true dealinges, ver∣tue and resolute determination of thies famouse warrieres, and othe∣res of this nasion, inclined to vertue and goode examples. So that Page 211 rooted rancor of inuy, slanderouse railinge tounges and croucked maliciouse dealinges may not take place, in equallinge them selves with the honorable observeres of trueth, vertue, goode aplicationes, and Military Discipline. But rather banish thos inclined to the wic∣ked vice of inny, moother of mischifes and base inclinationes, resul∣tinge of barbarouse proude blinde ingnorance, enemy to vertue trueth and goode proceedinges, subjecte to quarells, bakbitinge, murmuringe, disgraces, and bad examples, a penetrater of rancko∣red hartes, of unconsiderate understandinge, litle fearinge God or man, of litle conscience or reputation, dayly decayenge and falinge unto many odiouse crimes and disgraces, enemy to frindship and ac∣corde, subjecte to afrontes and vices, of bad life and bad ende; And which of all thinges is moste untollerable, and moste odiouse in this noble profession of armes.
Gentle Reader youe see who many goode and probable examples set downe in many places of this wourcke, (for to imitate vertue) and followe the steppes of the renoomed, prudente, and valerouse Soul∣dior, and that in many places youe finde sufficiente examples, howe many borne of lowe degre, and bace linadge, have atained unto grea∣te degries, dingnity, and fame of perpetuall memory, and that resul∣tinge of theire vertuse cariadge, renoomed actes, resolute determina∣tiones, and continuall goode aplicationes; And by dayly experience we see thos inclined to vice, unruly factes, and bad examples do fall unto decay, and many disgraces, and are hated by those inclined to vertue, and moste comonly suche as do not amende do finish theire lives with an unhappy and miserable ende. Soe i take leave besechin∣ge the Omnipotente to give us the grace, that we may live in his fea∣re with unity and acorde, and finish with a happy ende. Amen.