English Ballads and Other Poems

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Page 15 - Humber, the inhabitants had generally bound themselves by oath to stand by each other, "for the love which they bore to Almighty God, his faith, the holy church, and the maintenance thereof ; to the preservation of the king's person and his issue ; to the purifying of the nobility ; and to expulse all villein blood and evil counsellors from...
Page 26 - Pounds worth of it (finding some I sew the last Year, that it takes there very well) I have sent for Workmen out of the Low Countries, and forth of France, and set up already six or seven Looms, which if Please God to bless us this Year, I trust so to invite them to follow it, when they see the great Profit arising thereby, as that they shall generally take to it, and employ themselves that way, which, if they do, I am confident it will prove a mighty Business...
Page 25 - I endeavoured another way to set them on work, and that is by bringing in the making and trade of linen cloth, the rather in regard the women are all naturally bred to spinning, that the Irish earth is apt for bearing of flax, and that this manufacture would be in the conclusion rather a benefit than other to this Kingdom. I have therefore sent for the flax seed into Holland, being of a better sort than we have any, sown this year a thousand pounds...
Page 62 - ... or those who shall appear, or endeavour to appear in arms for our service. " We further declare, that we will with all convenient speed, call a free parliament ; that by the advice and assistance of...
Page 62 - We see a nation always famous for valour, and highly esteemed by the greatest of foreign potentates, reduced to the condition of a province, under the specious pretence of an union with a more powerful neighbour. In consequence of this pretended union, grievous and unprecedented taxes have been laid on, and levied with severity in spite of all the representations that could be made to the contrary ; and...
Page 27 - For, undoubtedly, till we be brought all under one form of divine service, the crown is never safe on this side ; but yet the time and circumstances may very well be discoursed, and sure I do not hold this a fit season to disquiet or sting them in this kind ; and my reasons are divers. This course alone will never bring them to church, being rather an engine to drain money out of their pockets, than to raise a right belief and faith in their hearts, and so doth not indeed tend to that end it sets...

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