¶Of a seruant. Cap. 12.
A Seruant woman is ordeyned to learne the wiues rule,* and is put to office and worke of trauaile, toylyng, and stubbering, and is fedde with grose meate and simple, and is cloathed with cloathes and kept low vnder the yoke of thraldome and of seruage, and if shée conceiue a childe, it is thrall or it be borne, and is taken from the mothers wombe to seruage. Also if a seruing wo∣man be of bond condition, she is not suf∣fered to take a husbande at hir owne will: and he that weddeth hir, if he bée frée afore, hée is made bonde after the contract. A bonde seruaunt woman is bought and solde lyke a beast: and if a bonde seruaunt man or woman be made frée, and afterward be vnkinde, he shall Page [unnumbered] be called and brought againe into charge of bondage and of thraldome. Also a bonde seruaunt suffereth many wrongs, and is beate with rods, and constrained and helde lowe with diuers and contra∣ry charges and trauailes amongst wret∣chednesse and woe, vneth he is suffered to rest or to take breath. And therefore among all wretchednesse and woe, the condition of bondage and thraldome is most wretched, as sayth Rabanus, ex∣pounding this word Ier. 9. Ye shall serue straunge Gods, that shall not suffer you to rest day nor night. It is one proper∣tie of bond seruing women, and of them that be of bond condition, to grudge and to be rebellious and vnbou•om to their Lords & Ladies, as saith Rabanus. And when they be not held lowe with dread, their heartes swell and we•e stout and proud against the commaundements of their souereignes: as it fared of Agar a woman of Aegypt, seruaunt of Sara, for when she saw that she had conceiued and was with childe, she despised hir owne Lady,*Gen. 16. and woulde not amende hir: but then hir Ladye put hir to bée scourged and beaten, and so it is written that Sara chastised hir and beate hir, &c. Dread maketh bonde men and women méeke and lowe, and goodly loue maketh them proud and stout, and despitefull, as it is said there. And it is written, he that nourisheth his seruaunt delicately, shall finde him rebell at the ende. Séeke far∣thermore in the Chapter Nequam.