God says himself, as written we find,
That when the blind leads the blind,
Into the ditch they fall both,
For they see not whereby to go.
So act priests now-a-days;
They be so blind in god's law,
That when they should the people read [teach]
Into sin they do them lead.
Thus they have now done for a long time,
And all is for lack of knowledge.
Wherefore you parish priest,
If you [wish to] please your savior,
If you be not great [learned] clergyman,
Look [study] you must on this work;
For here you might find and read
That which behooves you to know;
How you shall [to] your parish preach,
And what you need them to teach,
And which you must yourself be,
Here also you might it see;
For little is worth your preaching,
If you be of evil living.