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Chapter XXI
Of giving Aim: the Ease and Errors.

Touching the giving of aim I cannot tell well that to say, only that in strange place, it takes away all occasion of foul play, which is the only commendations it can require: but in my judgement, it hinders the knowledge of shooting, and makes men more negligent; which eclipses the former glory; but allow it (as men would have it) useful, yet (though aim be given never so) you must trust to your own skill, for you cannot take aim at another mans shot, nor at your own neither; because the weather will alter in a minute, and that sometimes at one mark, and not at the other and will trouble your shaft in the air, when you can perceived no wind on the ground, as I have seen many shafts do, which have tumbled aloft in a very fair day; there may be faults also in drawing and loosing, and many things else, which are required in the keeping of just length; which though your aim be never so certain, yet your error may be undiscovered: therefore make use of you aim and you judgement, by a serious discourse within you self, and reconciling them by the aid of your own experience, make them both useful and profitable: this I have brought in as a parenthiss, not so much for the validity, as that I would not leave any thing forgotten.

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