The Gentle Craft

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Mayer & Müller, 1903 - English fiction - 128 pages
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Page v - Muse, from the first peeping foorth, hath stood at livery at an ale-house wispe, never exceeding a penny quart, day nor night, and this deare yeare, together with the silencing of his looms, scarce that, he being constrained to betake him to carded ale : whence it proceedeth that since Candlemas, or his jigge John for the King...
Page xiv - ... cuckin-stooles." 75. THE HISTORY OF JACK OF NEWBURY, CALLED THE CLOTHIER OF ENGLAND. 12mo. London, nd An abridged edition, with wood-cuts. This tale appears to have been first printed in 1596, and the eighth edition was published in 1619. The eleventh edition appeared in 1630, entitled, " The Pleasant History of John Winchcomb, in his younger yeares called Jack of Newbery, the famous and worthy Clothier of England, declaring his life and love, together with his charitable deedes and great hospitality,...
Page 3 - City: these were the words, little thinking, (God wot) that euer it should come to passe: but such was the great goodnesse of our God, who setteth vp the humble, and pulleth down the proud, to bring whom he pleaseth to the seat of Honour. For as the scripture witnesseth, Promotion cometh neither from the East nor from the West, but from him that is the giuer of all good things, the mighty Lord of heauen and earth. Wherefore wife, seeing God hath bestowed that vpon me that I neuer looked for; it is...
Page 73 - Tush, wife (quoth he) those titles do onely rest in name, but not in nature : but of that sort had I rather be, whose lands are answerable to their vertues, and whose rents can maintain the greatnesse of their minde. Then sweet husband, tell me...
Page 68 - OUR English chronicles do make mention that sometime there was in the honourable City of London a worthy maior, known by the name of Sir Simon Eyer, whose fame liueth in the mouths of many men to this day, who, albeit he descended from mean parentage, yet, by Gods blessing, in the end he came to be a most worthy man in the commonwealth.
Page 29 - And by our mirth expelled all moan; Like nightingales, from whose sweet throats Most pleasant tunes are nightly blown. The Gentle Craft is fittest, then, For poor distressed gentlemen.
Page xlii - Severn, and there *r.2eting with certain woody places, she made her request to the prince of that country that she might be permitted to serve God in that solitude. His answer was, that he was very willing...
Page 93 - His mistris, obscuring her beauty with lowring browes - like foggy vapours that blot the sky - - made him this answer: "How now, sirra? Hath my too much mildnesse made you thus sawcy? Can you set your love at no lower a pitch but you must mount to be master of your mistris?
Page 9 - THE PLEASANT AND PRINCELY HISTORY OF THE GENTLE CRAFT, a Discourse containing many matters of Delight, very pleasant to read : shewing what famous men have been shooe-makers in time past in this land, with their worthy deeds and great Hospitality.
Page xxvii - Hearing that a vessel laden with leather from Tripoli had been wrecked upon the coast of Cornwall, he thought he might advantage himself by the purchase of the cargo. Having collected all the money he could, he went to Penzance, purchased the leather, and trading successfully with it he laid the basis of a fortune sufficient to enable him to build Leadenhall, to obtain the Lord Mayoralty of London, and the honour of knighthood.

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