Title: [T]o the right noble, right excellent [and] vertuous prince George duc of Clarence Erle of warwyk and of salisburye, grete chamberlayn of Englond [and] leutenant of Irelond oldest broder of kynge Edward by the grace of god kynge of England and of frau[n]ce, your most humble seruant william Caxton amonge other of your seruantes sendes vnto you peas. helthe. ioye and victorye vpon your enemyes ...
Author: Jacobus, de Cessolis, fl. 1288-1322
Collection: Early English Books Online
vnder hym of necessaryes of vitayll / And this maner a peple is figured and ought be maad in the forme & shappe of a man holdynge in his ryght hande a spade or shouell And a rodde in the lifte hand / The spade or shouell is for to delue & labour therwith the erthe / And the rodde is for to dryue & conduyte wyth all the Bestes vnto her pasture also he ought to haue on his gyrdell / a crokyd hachet for to cutte of the supfluytees of the vignes & trees / And we rede in the bible that the first labourer that euer was / was Cayin the firste sone of Adam that was so euyll that he slewe his broder Abel / for as moche as the smoke of his tythes went strayt vnto heuen / And the smoke & fume of the tythes of Cayin wente dounward vpon the erthe And how well that this cause was trewe / yet was ther another cause of enuye that he had vnto his broder / For whan Adam their fder maried them for to multyplie ye erthe of hys ignye / he wolde not marye ner Ioyne to gy¦der the two that were born aones / but gaf vnto cayin her that was born wyth Abel / And to Abel her that was born with cayin / And thus began the nuye that cayin had ayenst abel / For his wyf was fayrer than cayins wyf And for this cause he slough abel with the chekebone of a beste & at that tyme was neuer no maner of yron blody of mannes blood / And abel was ye first martier in tholde testament / And this cayin dide many other euyl̄ thinges whiche I leue / for hit apperteyneth not to my mater / But hit behouet for necessite yt some shold labour the erthe af¦ter ye synne of adam / for to fore er adam synned / the erthe brought forth fruyt with out labour of handes / but syn he synned hit muste nedes be labourid with ye handes of men And for as moche as the erthe is moder of alle thynges