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Chapter XIV
Of the first Posture, which is Standing.

The first posture or point which a man ought to observe when he goes about to shoot, is to take such footing and standing, as shall be both comely to the eye, and profitable for the action he has in hand, setting his countenance and all other parts of his body, after such a gesture and port, that both all his strength may be employed to his own most absolute advantage, and his shoot made and handled to the high contentment and delight of every well judging beholder; and first, a man must not go to it too hastily, for that is rashness, nor yet be too tedious or make too much a do about it, for that is curiosity. Next, the one foot must not stand too far from the other least he stoop too much, which is most unseemly; nor yet too near together, least he stand too straight up, for then he shall neither use his strength well, nor stand as he ought, steadfastly; the mean between both these must be kept. A thing more pleasant to behold when it is done, then easy to be caught how it should be done.

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