The History of Progress in Great Britain

The History of Progress in Great Britain

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1860 edition. Excerpt: ...And pleasant was his absolution. He was an easy man to give penance, There as he wist2 to have a good pittance. # # # His tippet was aye farced3 full of knives, And pinnes, for to given faire wives..And certainly he had a merry note. Well could he sing, and playen on a rote.' Of yeddings he bare utterly the prize. His neck was white as the fleur-de-lis. Thereto he strong was as a champ'ioun; And knew well the tavernes in every town, And every hosteler, and gay tapstere." It is in such a position our artist has sketched him in the next page. "He was the beste beggar in all his house; He gave a certain ferme for the grant, None of his bretheren came in his haunt.0 For though a widow hadde but a shoe, (So pleasant was his In principio, )' Yet would he have a farthing ere he went. Of double worsted was his semicope, ' That round was--as a bell--out of the press. Somewhat he lisped for his wantonness, To make his English sweet upon his tongue; And in his harping, when that he had sung, His eyen twinkled in his head aright, As do the starres in a frosty night." 1 That is to say, licensed to hear confession.-There, where he knew or expected he should have "a good pittance." 3 Forced (or stuffed), as we still say in cookery. A musical instrument, supposed to have been similar to the hurdygurdy. The meaning of the word "yeddings" is uncertain; songs or story-telling are probably referred to. Perhaps the word should be weddings. - That is to say, he farmed or paid a certain rent for the right of begging "in his haunt," to which, consequently, none of his "bretheren" were allowed to come." 1 In the beginning. This evidently refers to some well-known passage, forming, in all probability, a part...show more

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  • Paperback | 144 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 268g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236608976
  • 9781236608970