The Book of Vagabonds and Beggars: With a Vocabulary of Their Language

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Martin Luther, John Camden Hotten
J. C. Hotten, 1860 - 64 Seiten
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Seite xx - thinks either of faith or charity. This one wears the tonsure, the other a hood ; this a cloak, that a robe. One is white, another black, a third gray, and a fourth blue. Here is one holding a looking-glass, there one with a pair of scissors. Each has his playthings : Ah ! these are the palmerworms, the locusts, the canker-worms, and the caterpillars, which, as Joel saith, have eaten up all the earth.
Seite xxii - ... as ordained by God, they give, by the persuasion of the devil, and contrary to God's judgment, ten times as much to vagabonds and desperate rogues — in like manner as we have hitherto done to monasteries, cloisters, churches, chapels, and mendicant friars, forsaking all the time the truly poor.
Seite 4 - ... the Devil, and contrary to God's judgment, ten times as much to vagabonds and desperate rogues. . . . For this reason every village and town should know their own poor, as written down in the register, and assist them. But as to outlandish and strange beggars, they ought not to be borne with unless they have proper letters and certificates; for all the great rogueries mentioned in this book are done by them. If each town would only keep an eye on its own paupers, such knaveries would soon cease.
Seite 47 - Item, beware of the JONERS (gamblers) who practice BESEFLERY with the BRIEF (cheating at cards), who deal...
Seite 45 - Item, there are alfo fome among the above who treat their children badly in order that they may become lame (and who would be forry if they mould grow ftraight-legged) for thereby they are more * GENSSCHERER, /'. e. ganflcherer. 46 TTie Book of Vagabonds able to cheat -people with their LOE VOTS (lying words).
Seite 8 - SDf t&e lBregers, or HE first chapter is about BREGERS. Thefe are beggars who have neither the figns of the faints about them, nor other good qualities, but they come plainly and fimply to people and afk an alms for God's, or the Holy Virgin's fake : — perchance honeft paupers with young children, who are known in the town or village wherein they beg, and who would, I doubt not, leave off begging if they could only thrive by their handicraft or other honeft means, for there is many a godly man...
Seite 4 - By implication, Luther in his preface makes a connection between the Reformation and the growing movement against beggars: The right understanding and true meaning of the book, is after all, this, viz. that princes, lords, counsellors of state, and everybody should be prudent, and cautious in dealing with beggars, and learn that, whereas people will not give and help honest paupers and needy neighbors, as ordained by God, they give, by the persuasion of the devil, and contrary to God's judgment,...
Seite 30 - TBUcfefc&la&ers, or jHE xijth chapter is about the SCHWANFELDERS, or BLICKSCHLAHERS. Thefe are beggars who, when they come to a town, leave their clothes at the hoftelry, and fit down againft the churches naked, and fhiver terribly before the people that they may think they are fuffering from great cold. They prick themfelves with nettlefeed and other things, whereby they are made to make.
Seite 3 - Beggars' Cant has come from the Jews, for many Hebrew words occur in the Vocabulary, as any one who underflands that language may perceive.
Seite 14 - A fhort time afterwards the parfon's houfe was burnt down ; he faid the KLENKNER did it. Item, another true example : at Schletftat, one was fitting at the churchdoor. This man had cut the leg of a thief from the gallows. He put on the dead leg and tied his own leg up. He had a quarrel with another beggar. This latter one ran off and told the townand Beggars.

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