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The comedies, histories, tragedies, and poems of William Shakspere . full as fantastical: the wedding,mannerly-modest, as a measure full of state andancientry; and then comes repentance, and,with his bad legs, falls into the cinque-pacefaster and faster, till he sink into his grave. ^ Scene H.—Better tvits have worn plain statute-caps. By an act of parliament of 1571, it was pro-vided that all above the age of six years, exceptthe nobility and other persons of degree, should,on sabbath-days and holidays, wear caps of wool,manufactured in England. This was oneof the laws for the encouragement o

The comedies, histories, tragedies, and poems of William Shakspere . full as fantastical: the wedding,mannerly-modest, as a measure full of state andancientry; and then comes repentance, and,with his bad legs, falls into the cinque-pacefaster and faster, till he sink into his grave. ^ Scene H.—Better tvits have worn plain statute-caps. By an act of parliament of 1571, it was pro-vided that all above the age of six years, exceptthe nobility and other persons of degree, should,on sabbath-days and holidays, wear caps of wool,manufactured in England. This was oneof the laws for the encouragement o Stock Photo
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The comedies, histories, tragedies, and poems of William Shakspere . full as fantastical: the wedding, mannerly-modest, as a measure full of state andancientry; and then comes repentance, and, with his bad legs, falls into the cinque-pacefaster and faster, till he sink into his grave. ^ Scene H.—Better tvits have worn plain statute-caps. By an act of parliament of 1571, it was pro-vided that all above the age of six years, exceptthe nobility and other persons of degree, should, on sabbath-days and holidays, wear caps of wool, manufactured in England. This was oneof the laws for the encouragement of trade, which so occupied the legislatorial wisdom ofour ancestors, and which the people, as con-stantly as they were enacted, evaded, or openlyviolated. This very law was repealed in 1597. SCENE II.] Those to whom the law applied, and who worethe statute-caps, were citizens, and artificers, and labourers; and thus, as the nobility con-tinued to wear their bonnets and feathers, Ro-saline saj^s, better vnts have loorn plain statute-caps. LOVE S LABOUR S LOST. 231. ^° Scene II.— You cannot beg us. Costard means to say, we are not idiots. Oneof the most abominable corruptions of thefeudal system of government was for the sove-reign, who was the legal guardian of idiots, togrant the wardship of such an unhappy personto some favourite, granting with the idiot theright of using his property, Ritson, and Doucemore correctly, give a curious anecdote illus-trative of this custom, and of its abuse:— The Lord Forth beggd old Bladwell for afoole (though he could never prove him so), and having him in his custodie as a lunaticke, he carried him to a gentlemans house, one day, that was his neighbour. The L. North and thegentleman retird awhile to private discourse, and left Bladwell in the dining-roome, whichwas hung with a faire hanging; Bladwell walk-ing up and downe, and viewing the imagerie, spyed a foole at last in the hanging, and withoutdelay drawes his knife, flyes at the foole, cut

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