The paddock offers to help her, but the mouse, after looking the animal over is skeptical: "GifF I can ony skill of Phisnomy
, / Thow hes sumpart off falset and Invy" [If I have any skill of Physiognomy, you have some part of falseness and animosity] (2824-25).
There are dozens of treatises, such as Certayne Rewles of Phisnomy
(a fourteenth- or fifteenth-century translation from the Arabic) which declared:
Inclusion of texts heightens the volume's interest: Mapstone's versions of a Scots 'Phisnomy
', MacDonald's parallels of Henryson's Annunciation lyric with a Latin poem, Bawcutt's texts of poems on 'conscience', Elliott's edition of a newly discovered setting (by Andrew Blackhall?) of Psalm 130, Donaldson's versions of the well-known sonnet 'Fra banc to banc'.