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-but he saw no reason why ordinary women should adopt the custom:
Howbeit they been of high estate,
The Queen they should nocht counterfeit.
How kirk and causay they soof [sweep] clean.
The images into the kirk
May think of their side taillis irk [annoyance];
For when the weather been maist fair,
The dust flies highest in the air,
And all their faces does begarie [smear].
Gif they could speak, they wald them warie [curse]. . . .
Poor claggocks [draggletails] clad in raplock white,
Will have twa ells beneath their knees.
But followand them it is ane pyne :
To see them tuckit up again;
Then, when they step furth through the street,
Their fauldings flaps about their feet;
They waste mair claith, within few years,
Nor wald clad fifty score of freirs.*
Curiously enough, we find Sir Richard Maitland, who Lindsay's works were collected in 1568.
died thirty-one years after Sir David Lyndsay, emulating his predecessor in his attacks upon the extravagance of his feminine contemporaries. One of his most successful efforts is his Satire on the Town Ladies of his time, from which the following stanzas are extracted:
Some wifis of the borrowstoun
Sae wonder vain are, and wantoun,
In warld they wait [wot] not what to weir:
And of fine silk his furril clokis,
Their shoon of velvet, and their muilis!
SHAKESPEARE AND HIS CONTEMPORARIES.
Poetry mostly merged in drama-Wit and humour chiefly seen in prose-William Shakespeare- Love's Labour's Lost' Edward Spenser-Prosopopoia' - Sir John Haryngton-Epigrams- A Precise Tailor'-Sir Walter The Lie'-Epitaph-Nicholas Breton-Farewell to Town'-Michael Drayton-Nymphidia'William Drummond- Polemo - Middina'-Epigrams'The Old and Young Courtier'-The Humours' of the Time-Thomas Nash-Thomas Marston- What You Will' Ben Jonson-Epigrams-Thomas Heywood"The Nations'-Philip Massinger-The City Madam' James Shirley 'The Changes'-Elizabethan Comedy.'