• If you know not me, you know no body. The second part. With the building of the Royall Exchange and the famous Victory of Queen Elizabeth: Anno 1588.

    Play by Thomas Haywood. Taken from The dramatic works of thomas Heywood, Volume 1 by Thomas Heywood, ed. John Pearson, 1874, London

    Author: Thomas Heywood
    Modern English (post-1500)
    Published in 1606
    Renaissance Clothing and Textile Terms
    1600 AD - 1699 AD


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Hob. Bones a me knaues--You are welcome; but what newes? What newes i'th'country? What commodities are most respected with your Country Girls?

Taw. Faith, sir, our Country Girls are akinne to your London Courtiers; euery month sicke of a new fashion. The horning-busk and silken bridelaces are in good request with the parsons wife: your huge poking-sticke, and French periwig, with chamber-maids and waiting gentlewomen. Now, your Puritans poker is not so huge, but somewhat longer; a long slender poking-sticke is all in all with your Suffolke Puritane. Your silk-band, half farthingales, and changeable fore-parts are common: not a wench of thirteen but wears a changeable fore-part.

Hob. An ancient wearing: there's some changeable stuff Has been a weare with women time out of mind.

Taw. Besides sir, many of our young married men, haue tane an order to weare yellow garters, points, and shootyngs; and tis thought yellow will grow a custome.

Hob. 'Tas been us'de long at London.

Taw. And tis thought 'twill come in request in the Country, too: for a fashion that three or four young wenches have promised mee their husbands shall wear, or theyle misse of their markes. Then your maske, silke-lace, washt gloues, carnation girdles, and busk-point sutable, as common as coales from Newcastle: you shall not haue a kitchin-maid scrape trenchers without her washt gloues; a darie-wench will not ride to market, to sell her butter-milke, without her maske and her buske.

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O M. Gresham, 'twas a golden world, When we were boyes: an honest country-yeoman, such as our fathers were, God rest their souls, Would wear white karsie. --Bones a me, hyou knaues! Stools for these gentlemen. --Your worship's welcome.

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Hob. I thanke you for't; and for your sake Ile giue him entertainment. But gentleman, if you become my man, you must become more ciuill: bones a me, what a curld pate is here? I must ha't off. You see my liuery: Hobson's men are knowne by their freeze coats. And you will dwell with me, you must be plaine, and leaue off brauery.

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Hob. Well, M. Gresham, partly for your loue, and chiefly to supply my present want, because you say your kinsman is well seene both in languages and factorship, I doe intend to send him into France, in trust both with my Merchandizes and my Cash.

John. And if I take not order to cashier that and myself too, a pox of all French farthingales<

Gresh. How stand you minded to your masters motion?

John. Somewhat unwilling to leave my acquaintance; but good uncle, I know you send me out of loue, and I hope twill be a meanes to call me home the sooner.

Gresh. Pray god it may.

John. Ile want of my will else. Ile play a merchants part with you, Ile take up French commodities, veluet kirtles, and taffety fore parts.