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Page 20 - that is within thy gates, and the stranger, and the fatherless, and the widow." 1 All other nations have imitated this divine institution. It is true, among the Greeks, arising from the nature of their superstition, there were many festivals; yet scarce any of these were universal, and few attended with any other than religious ceremonies. 2 The
Page 19 - in his Life of Cicero, hath a fine observation to my present purpose, with which I will conclude this Preface :— " From the railleries of the Romans (says he) on the barbarity and misery of our island, one cannot help reflecting on the surprising fate and revolutions of kingdoms; how
Page 212 - Eliz. c. 2, sect. 9, a severe punishment is enacted for any person who shall, in any interludes, plays, songs, rhymes, or by other open words, declare or speak any thing in derogation, depraving or despising the Book of Common Prayer, &c.
Page 224 - may arise between the lords and commons, whereof great peril and mischief might come to all the realm, and quick subversion and destruction of the said realm." And of such consequence was this apprehended to be, that we find no less than four statutes to prohibit and punish it; viz. Westm. 1 c. 33. 2
Page 147 - known ; and this is the true reason why we so often hear them mentioned with abhorrence, and so seldom with pity. But if we were to make a progress through the outskirts of this town, and look into the habitations of the poor, we should there behold such pictures of
Page 43 - any common, house, alley, or place of bowling, coyting, clash-coyls, half-bowl, tennis, dicing-table, or carding, or any other manner of game, prohibited by any statute heretofore made, or any unlawful game invented or made, or any other new unlawful game hereafter to be invented or made; the penalty is 40s. per day, for keeping the house, &c., and 6s.
Page 42 - established a law in Egypt, that every Egyptian should annually declare before the governor of the province by what means he maintained himself; and all those who did not appear, or who could not prove that they had some lawful livelihood, were punished by death. This law
Page 145 - great number of laws was said to " breed a general negligence and contempt of all good order; because we have so many," says he, "that no subject can live without the transgression of some of them, and that the often alteration of our ordinances doeth much harm in this respect.
Page 127 - This I am confident may be asserted, that pardons have brought many more men to the gallows than they have saved from it. So true is that sentiment of Machiavel, that examples of justice are more merciful than the unbounded exercise of pity. 2 SECTION
Page 76 - made for the punishment of idleness.—" If any person," says the statute, " shall bring to two justices of peace any runagate servant, or any other which liveth idly and loiteringly by the space of three days, the said justices shall cause the said idle and loitering servant or vagabond to be marked with