A caueat o[r warening, for [?]] common cursetor[s vulgarely called [?]] vagabones, set forth by Tho[mas Harman, Esquier, for the [?]] vtilitie and profit of his natur[all countrey. Newly augmented and [?] en]larged by the first author [...] the tale of the second ta[...] crank, with the true [...]or, and also his puni[...] dissembling, most [...] hearer or reader [...]
Harman, Thomas, fl. 1567.

¶ A Pallyard. Cap. 7.

THese Palliards be called also Clapperdogens, these go wit pat∣ched clokes, & haue their Morts with them which they cal wiues: and if he goe to one house to aske his almes, his wyfe shall go to an other, for what they get, as bread, chéese, malte, and wol, they sl the same for redy money, for so they get more, and if they went togither, although they be thus deuided in the daye, yet they meete ompe at night: if they chaunce to come to some gentilmans house standinge Page  [unnumbered] alone, and be demaunded whether they be man and wyfe, and if he perceyue that any doubteth therof, he sheweth them a Testimonial with the ministers name and others of the same parishe, naminge a parish in some shyre far distant from the place where he sheweth the same. This writing he carieth to salue that sore: There be many I∣rish men that go about with counterfeat licences, and if they per∣ceyue you will straitly examin them, they will immediatly say they can speake no English.

¶ Farther vnderstand for truth, that the worst and wickedst of all this beastly generation ar scarce comparable to these prating pally∣ards. All for ye most part of these will either lay to their legs an herb called Sperewort, either Arsnicke, which is called Ratesbane. The nature of this Spereworte will rayse a great blyster in a night vpō the soundest part of his body, and if ye same be taken away, it wil dry vp again and no harme. But this Arsnick will so poyson the same legge or sore, that it wil euer after be incurable, this do thei for gayn and to be pitied. The most of these that walke about be walchmen.