Simon Fish, of Gray's Inn, Gentleman: A Supplication for the Beggars. Spring of 1529

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The Editor, 1878 - 14 pages
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Page 4 - Somners by extorcion yna yere, by assityng the people to the commissaries court and afterward releasing th[e]apparaunce for money ? Finally, the infinite nombre of begging freres whate get they yn a yere ? Here if it please your grace to marke ye shall se a thing farre out of ioynt. There are withyn youre realme of Englond. lij. thousand parisshe churches. And this stonding that there be but tenne houshouldes yn euery parisshe yet are there fiue hundreth thousand and twenty thousand houshouldes....
Page 11 - For this I am sure Your Grace thinketh (as the truth is) : I am as good a man as my father; why may I not as well give them as much as my father did?
Page 3 - MOST lamentably compleyneth theyre wofull mysery vnto youre highnes, youre poore daily bedemen, the wretched hidous monstres (on whome scarcely for horror any yie dare loke,) the foule, vnhappy sorte of lepres, and other sore people, nedy, impotent, blinde, lame, and sike, that live onely by almesse, howe that theyre nombre is daily so sore encreased that all the almesse of all the weldisposed people of this youre realme is not halfe ynough for to susteine theim, but that for verey constreint they...
Page 10 - Popes pardons is all the cause of translacion of your kingdome so fast into their hondes wherfore it is manifest it can not be of christ, for he gaue more to the...
Page xi - ""<?"• man, in which play partly was matter agaynst the Cardinal Wolsey. And where none durst take vpon them to play that part, whiche touched the sayd Cardinal!, this foresayd M. Fish tooke upon him to do it, whereupon great displeasure ensued agaynst him, vpon the Cardinals part : In so much as he beyng pursued by the sayd Cardinall, the same night that this Tragedie was playd, was compelled of force to voyde his owne house, and so fled ouer the Sea vnto Tyndall.
Page xii - Morrishes, that it was highly praised of all menne, sauyng of the Cardinall, whiche imagined that the plaie had been diuised of hym, and in a greate furie sent for the said master Roo, and toke from hym his coyfe, and sent hym to the Flete, and after he sent for the yong gentlemen, that plaied in the plaie, and them highly rebuked and thretened...
Page 5 - Nowe let vs then compare the nombre of this vnkind idell sort vnto the nombre of the laye people and we shall se whether it be indifferently shifted or not that they shuld haue half. Compare theim to the nombre of men, so are they not the. C. person. Compare theim to men wimen and children, then are they not the. CCCC. parson yn nombre. One part therfore yn foure hundreth partes deuided were to moche for theim except they did laboure. whate an vnequal burthen is it that they haue half with the multitude...
Page 8 - ... who is she that wil set her hondes to worke to get .iij. d. a day and may haue at lest .xx. d. a day to slepe an houre with a frere, a monke, or a prest ? what is he that wolde laboure for a grote a day and may haue at lest .xij. d. a day to be baude to a prest, a monke, or a frere ? whate a sort are there of theime that mari prestes souereigne ladies but to cloke the prestes yncontinency and that they may haue a liuing of the prest theime silues for theire laboure...
Page xv - ... who, had it not bene for her young daughter, which then lay sicke of the plague, had bene lyke to come to much trouble. Of the which plague her husband, the said...
Page 12 - And this is by the reason that the chief instrument of your lawe ye the chief of your counsell and he whiche hath youre swerde in his hond to whome also all the other instrumentes are obedient is alweys a spirituell man whiche hath euer suche an inordinate loue vnto his owne kingdome that he will mainteyn that, though all the temporall kingdoms and comonwelth of the worlde shulde therfore vtterly be vndone, Here leue we out the gretest mater of all lest that we. declaring suche an horrible carayn...

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