A Few Reflections on the Rights, Duties, Obligations, & Advantages of Hospitality

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C.H.W. Wyman, 1885 - Hospitality - 71 pages
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Page 25 - Wept o'er his wounds, or tales of sorrow done, Shoulder'd his crutch, and show'd how fields were won. Pleased with his guests, the good man learn'd to glow, And quite forgot their vices in their woe ; Careless their merits or their faults to scan, His pity gave ere charity began.
Page 26 - Where all the ruddy family around Laugh at the jests or pranks that never fail, Or sigh with pity at some mournful tale ; Or press the bashful stranger to his fo6d, And learn the luxury of doing good.
Page 30 - The quality of mercy is not strain'd ; It droppeth, as the gentle rain from heaven Upon the place beneath : it is twice bless'd ; It blesseth him that gives, and him that takes : 'Tis mightiest in the mightiest ; it becomes The throned monarch better than his crown...
Page 18 - ... either by being sour or mouldy — thick, greasy, rancid, tasting of pitch, and vapid. I have sometimes seen wine so full of dregs, put before noblemen, that they were compelled rather to filter than drink it, with their eyes shut and their teeth closed, with loathing and retching.
Page 55 - Edward III. 1348, it was enacted that none should give alms to a beggar able to work. By the common law. the poor were to be sustained by " parsons, rectors of the church, and parishioners, so that none should die for default of sustenance ;" and by statute 15 Richard II.
Page 65 - Books that can be held in the hand, and carried to the fireside, are the best after all."—Samuel Johnson.
Page 17 - They served up salmon, venison, and wild boars By hundreds, and by dozens, and by scores.
Page 16 - All sorts of people there were seen together, All sorts of characters, all sorts of dresses; The fool with fox's tail and peacock's feather, Pilgrims, and penitents, and grave burgesses; The country people with their coats of leather, Vintners and victualers with cans and messes; Grooms, archers, varlets, falconers, and yeomen, Damsels and waiting maids, and waiting women.
Page 29 - Whoever shall fall into old age or poverty, or into hopeless sickness, and has no means of his own, shall have such help as the Aldermen, Dean, and Brethren of the Gild think right, and such as the means of the Gild enable to be given.
Page 34 - And also it is ordained and stablished that in everie towne and porte of the sea in England, where the said marchants aliens or strangers be or shall be repairing, sufficient hoostes shall be assigned to the same marchants by the maior...

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