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The Image of Irelande by John Derricke, 1581, plate 3


Now when into their fenced holdes the knaves are entred in,
To smite and knocke the cattell downe, the hangmen doe beginne.
One plucketh off the Oxes cote, which he even now did weare,
Another lacking pannes, to boyle the flesh his hide prepare.

These theeves attend upon the fire for serving up the feast,

And Fryer Smelfeast sneaking in, doth preace amongst the best.
Who play'th in Romish toyes the Ape, by counterfetting Paull;
For which they doe award him then, the highest room of all.
Who being set, because the cheere is deemed little worth,
Except the same be intermixt and lac'de with Irish myrth.

Both Barde and Harper is preparde, which by their cunning art,
Doe strike and cheare up all the gestes with comfort at the hart.

Over to the right, the two guests mooning are saying:

Aspice spectator sic me docuere parentes ("This is how my parents taught me to behave as a spectator")


Me quoque maiores omnes virtute carentes ("All older people lacking in goodness taught me the same")

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