(29) But if Christopher Goodman, a Protestant divine from the city of Chester can be trusted, professional players were welcomed in his community at least in part because of the attractions of the 'vayne pastance
and vnprofitable spectackles' they offered.
In the end, the three women depart for their homes at the break of dawn, and the narrator furtively departs after them: "And I all prevely past to a plesand arber, / And with my pen did report ther pastance
most mery" (525-26) ["And I furtively made my way to a pleasant arbour and with my pen recorded their merry pastime" (299)].
Pastime with good company I love and shall until I die Grudge to lust, but none deny So God be pleased, thus live will I For my pastance
, Hunt, sing and dance, My heart is set, All goodly sport For my comfort: Who shall me let?