The Walpurgis Fechtbuch(Royal Armouries MS I.33)
> Non audet stygius pluto tentare, quod aude[t]
Effrenis monachus, plenaque dolis anus.
'The devil of hell does not dare attempt that which the wanton monk dares, and the old woman full of wiles.'
> Notandum quod generaliter omnes dimicatores, sive omnes homines habentes gladium in manibus, etiamignorantes artem dimicatoriam, vtuntur hijs septem custodijs, de quo habemus septem versus:Septem [cust]odie sunt sub brach’ incipiende;Humero dextrali datur alter, terna sinistro;Capiti da quartam, da dextro latere qui[nta]m;Pectori da sextam, postrema sit tibi l[angort.]
It may be observed that in general all fencers, or all men holding a sword in hand, even if they areignorant of the art of fencing, use these seven wards, concerning which we have seven verses:The seven wards should begin with Under-Arm;The Second is given to the right shoulder, the Third to the left;Give the Fourth to the head, give the Fifth to the right side;Give the Sixth to the breast; finally you should have Longpoint.