Inedited Tracts; Illustrating the Manners, Opinions, and Occupations of Englishmen During the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries Volume 1

Inedited Tracts; Illustrating the Manners, Opinions, and Occupations of Englishmen During the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries Volume 1

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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. 1868 edition. Excerpt: ...in this their estate, being (as it were) euen the meane or midwarde of all degrees and callinges: as I verily thinke they were the happiest consort of Companions, and the least troubled tradesmen, in the prime of their profeffion, that belonged this Mundaine market. O what pleasure belonged Seruingmen in those dayes! When the great Chamber was serued, the Hauls cryer, with a Hoe yes, summoned all good fellowes to appeare vpon an allarum; at which battayle, the boordes end was euer battered with the gunshot of Good-stomackes; where the chine of Beefe, the hagstocke to these Carpenters, was hewen and squared into diuers parcels, for seuerall purposes: and the blacke Jacke, merily trowlyng from one to another, well lyned with the lyquor of lyfe, moystened and molified the malecontent humors of these merrie mates, to their Maisters credite, and their owne comfort. ' But mee thinkes I heare the maligners of this mysterie, or profeffion, lyke Momus mates murmure, saying to them selues, He telleth vs of their delicate diet, handsome habite, and pleasant paffing the Sommer of their yeeres: but when this lustie Juuentus begunne (with the Moone) to wane, and that crooked olde age had eclipsed the bright Sunshyne of their golden dayes, with duskie blacke Cloudes of darke morpheus: I meane when that stealing Time, had consumed the oyle of their Lampes, and euery ioynt begunne to grow starke, not able to supply his former place: what course then they tooke, to maynteine them selues from miserie, in this their greatest neceffitie, l Old ed. has An olde Serringman, a young Begger. them selues sufficiently rewarded and satisfied for their whole seruice. Againe, some other would reward their Seruants with the Lease of a F arme, not as they are let now adayes, ...show more

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  • Paperback | 40 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 91g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236521234
  • 9781236521231