books.google.com - My closen eies could not his sight abide; My tender youth did lothe his aged side: Scant could I taste the meate whereon he fed; My legges did lothe to lodge within his bed....http://books.google.com/books/about/Miscellaneous_Ballads.html?id=mK6M3PNwcYsC&utm_source=gb-gplus-shareMiscellaneous Ballads
Little is known about the life of Thomas Deloney. Most of Deloney's literary production seems to have taken the form of ballads; however, his four prose narratives are admired for their depiction of character and popular bourgeois culture, and their handling of dialogue. The Gentle Craft (1 and 2) (1597--98) portrays the world of cobblers, while Thomas of Reading (1599?) resembles later historical novels. Jack of Newbery (1597-98), published in eight editions by 1619, presents the adventures of an upwardly mobile apprentice who marries his master's widow and goes on to become a power in the realm.