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but if it faile, yet for all that, the enimie obtaineth not his purpose, in the discharge of the thrust of the broad warde: For by deliuering the thrust vnderneath, and compassing of the hinder foote, the bodie is carried out of the straight lyne: So that, as soone as the thrust is deliuered at the face, and the enimie not strooken therewith, but passeth beyond his head, the reuerse is to be turned at the face, and the foote to be plucked backe, setling in the broad warde. To warde the right and reuersed blows, there is a thrust to be giuen at the thighes or some other place that may most hinder them, in the verie same time that such blowes are in their circle or compas. Although I do not beleue that there is any man so foolish, that (in this warde) will deliuer a reuerse onely.

Of the hurt of the lowe warde, at Rapier and Cloake.

THis warde is so straight and perilons, that no man ought to assure himself to deliuer an edgeblow any manner of waie. For vnder any of them he may be easily strooken, and each of them may easily be warded with the Cloake. Therefore, he must diligently take heed, that he thrust onely, the which must neuer be discharged before the enimies sworde be found, and then as farre forwardes as is possible. So then finding it, he may thrust both within and without. Neither is therein this thrust any other aduantage to be gotten, then to steale a halfe pace vnwares of the enimie, which may be done verie commodiously, considering the cloak occupieth the enimies sight, And hauing drawen this