Specimens of English Literature; From the 'Ploughmans Crede' to the 'Shepheardes Calender', A. D. 1394-A.D. 1579 Volume 1579

Specimens of English Literature; From the 'Ploughmans Crede' to the 'Shepheardes Calender', A. D. 1394-A.D. 1579 Volume 1579

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1871 edition. Excerpt: ...Then shal you pray for Saylers (God them send More mind of him when as they come to lande, For towarde shipwracke many men can pray) That they once learne to speake without a lye, And meane good faith without blaspheming othes: That they forget to steale from euery fraight, And for to forge false cockets, free to passe: That manners make them giue their betters place, And vse good words, though deeds be nothing gay. But here, me thinks, my priests begin to frowne, And say, that thus they shal be ouerchargde, To pray for al which seme to do amisse: And one I heare more saucie than the rest, VVhich asketh me, ' when shal our prayers end?' I tel thee (priest) when shoomakers make shoes That are wel sowed, with neuer a stitch amisse, And vse no crafte in vttring of the same: Y VVhen Taylours steale no stutfe from gentlemen, VVhen Tanners are with Corriers wel agreede, And both so dresse their hydes, that we go dry: when Cutlers leaue to sel olde rustie blades, And hide no crackes with soder nor deceit: when tinkers make no more holes than they founde, when thatchers thinke their wages worth their worke, when colliers put no dust into their sacks, when maltemen make vs drinke no firmentie, when Dauie Diker diggs and dallies not, when smithes shoo horses as they would be shod, when millers toll not with a golden thumbe, when bakers make not barme beare price of wheat, when brewers put no bagage in their beere, when butchers blowe not ouer al their fleshe, when horsecorsers beguile no friends with Iades, when weauers weight is found in huswiues web: (But why dwel I so long among these lowts?) VVhen mercers make more bones to swere and lye, VVhen vintners mix no water with their wine, VVhen printers passe none errours in their bookes, ...show more

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  • Paperback | 168 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 9mm | 313g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236768299
  • 9781236768292