¶Of Dinner and fasting. Chap. 23.
MEate and drinke is ordeined and conuenient to dinners and to feasts,* for at fests, first meat is prepared & made in a redinesse, guests be called togethers, formes, & stooles be set in ye hal, & tables, clothes, and towells bee ordeined, dispo∣sed, and made readye, Guests be set with the Lorde in the chiefe place of the boord, and they sit not downe at the boord be∣fore the guests wash their handes. Chil∣dren be set in theyr place, & seruants at a table by themselues. First kniues, spenes and salts, be set on the boorde, and then bread and drinke, and many diuerse mes∣ses, householde seruauntes busilye helpe each other to doe euery thing dilligently and talke merrily togethers.* The guests be gladded with Lutes and Harps. Now Wine and nowe messes of meate bee brought forth and diuided. At the last commeth fruit and spices, and when they haue eaten, boord clothes and reliefe bee borne alwaye, and gustes wash and wipe their hands againe. The graces be sayd, and guestes thanke the Lorde. Then for gladnesse and comfort, drinke is brought yet againe. When all this is done at meate, men take their leaue, and some go to bed and sleepe, and some goe home to their owne lodgings.