The Seven Deadly Sins of London Drawn in Seven Several Coaches, Through the Seven Several Gates of the City: Bringing the Plague with Them. October 1606

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Unwin bros. imp., 1879 - Black Death - 50 pages
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Page xiii - The seuen deadly Sinnes of London : drawn in seuen seuerall Coaches, through the seuen seuerall Gates of the Citie, bringing the Plague with them.
Page 36 - Wittie was that painter, therefore, that when hee had limmed one of euery nation in their proper attyres, and beeing at his wittes endes howe to drawe an Englishman, at the last (to giue him a quippe for his follie in apparell) drewe him starke naked, with sheeres in his hand, and cloth on his arme, because none could cut out his fashions but himselfe.
Page 31 - In every street, carts and coaches make such a thundering as if the world ran upon wheels : at every corner, men, women and children meet in such shoals, that posts are set up of purpose to strengthen the houses, lest with jostling one another they should shoulder them down. Besides, hammers are beating in one place, tubs hooping in another, pots clinking in a third, water-tankards running at tilt in a fourth.
Page 8 - Mother, and layd thee in her bosome, whose head was full of cares for thee, whilst thine slept vpon softer pillowes than downe. She that wore thee alwayes on her brest as the richest lewell in her kingdome, who had continually her eye vpon thee, and her heart with thee ; whose chaste hand clothed thy Rulers in Scarlet, and thy Inhabitants in roabes of peace : euen she was taken from thee, when thou wert most in feare to lose her: when thou didst tremble (as at an earth-quake) to thinke that bloud...
Page 37 - Boates : the blocke for his heade alters faster then the Feltmaker can fitte him, and thereupon we are called in scorne Blockheades. And thus we that mocke euerie Nation, for keeping one fashion, yet steale patches from euerie one of them, to peece out our pride, are now laughing-stocks to them, because their cut so scuruily becomes vs...
Page 47 - ... gastlinesse, to hide more of thy dead houshold in them, what rotten stenches, and contagious damps would strike vp into thy nosthrils? thou couldst not lift vp thy head into the aire, for that (with her condensed sinnes) would stifle thee, thou couldst not diue into the waters, for that they being teinted by the ayre, would poison thee. Art thou now not cruell against thy selfe, in not prouiding (before the land-waters of Affliction come downe againe vpon thee) more and more conuenient Cabins...
Page 6 - Famine hath dryed vp the fresh blond in theyr cheekes, whilst the Pestilence digd vp theyr Fields, and turned them into Graues. Neither haue these punishments bin layd vpon them onely; for bloud hath bin also drawne of their very next neighbours. France lyes yet panting vnder / the blowes which her owne Children haue giuen her. Thirty yeeres together suffred she her bowels to be torne out by those that were bred within them : She was full of Princes, and saw them all lye mangled at her feete : She...
Page 33 - Embassadors was neuer so sweete to them, as this our sinne was: their houses smoakt euerye after noone with Stinkards, who were so glewed together in crowdes with the Steames of strong breath, that when they came foorth, their faces lookt as if they had beene perboylde : And his Comicall Tearme-time they hoped for, at the least all the summer, because tis giuen out that Sloth himselfe will come, and sit in the two-pennie galleries amongst the Gentlemen, and see their Knaueries and their pastimes.
Page 18 - Sinne : but before you go, looke vpon the Chariot that this First is drawne in, and take speciall note of all his Attendants. The habit, the qualities and complexion of this Embassador sent from Hell, are set downe before. He rides in a Chariot drawne vpon three wheeles, that run fastest away, when they beare the greatest loades. The bewty of the Chariot is all in-layd work, cunningly and artificially wrought, but yet so strangely, and of so mony seuerall-fashiond pieces, (none like another) that...
Page xi - There is yet one more, whome I would not heare to Cry Guilty, because (of all others) I would not haue them slothfull. O you that speake the language of Angels, and should indeed be Angels amongst vs, you that haue offices aboue those of Kinges, that haue warrant to commaund Princes, and controle them, if they do amisse : you that are Stewards ouer the Kings house of heauen, and lye heere as Embassadors about the greatest State-matters in the world : what a dishonour were it to your places, if it...

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