Derricke's The Image of Irelande (1581) - Print 1 - An Irish noble and kern bonacht


Olde English Spelling                
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The liuely ſhape of Irysh karne, moſt perfect to behold
Of man, the maſter, and the boy, theſe pictures doe unfolde:
Wherein is brauely paynted forth, A nat'rall Iriſh grace
Whoſe like in eu'ry poynt to uewe, hath ſeldome ſtept in place.
Marke me the karne that gripes the axe faſt with his murd'ring hand,
Then ſhall you ſay a righter knaue came neuer in the land:
As for the reſt so trimly dreſt, I speake of them no euill,
In ech reſpect, they are detect (as honeſt as the deuill.)
As honeſt as the Pope himſelfe, in all their outward actions,
And conſtant like the wauering winde, in their Imaginations,
Which may be prou'de in ſundry partes hereafter that enſue,
A perfect ſigne for to define th' aboue additions true.
Modern English Spelling               
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The lively shape of Irish kern, most perfect to behold
Of man, the master, and the boy, these pictures do unfold
Wherein is bravely painted forth, a natural Irish grace
Whose like in every point to view, has seldom stepped in place.
Mark me the kern that grips the axe fast with his murdering hand,
Then shall you say a righter knave came never in the land;
As for the rest so trimly dressed, I speak of them no evil,
In each respect, they are detect (as honest as the devil.)
As honest as the Pope himself, in all their outward actions,
And constant like the wavering wind, in their imaginations,
Which may be proved in sundry parts hereafter that ensue,
A perfect sign for to define the above additions true.


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