Tuesday, February 19, 2008

How it was spent

on diVidinG thE corn harVESt
One part cast forth, for rent due out of hand.
One other part for seed to sow thy land.
Another part leave parson for his tythe.
Another part for harvest, sickle and scythe.
One part for plough-wright, cartwright, knacker and smith.
One part, to uphold teams that draw therewith.
One part for servant, and workman’s wages lay.
One part, likewise, for fill-belly, day by day.
One part thy wife, for needful things doth crave.
Thyself and thy child, the last one part would have.

—THOMAS TUSSER (1524-80), Five Hundred Points of Good Husbandry (1557

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