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A lawyer, bailiff-born and old, will sometimes cheat
I find that this author has a good deal to say about law and lawyers. “Cerberus, forensis erat causidicus," has been thus translated : “Sure Cerberus a lawyer first must be, Whose clam'rous mouth would open for a fee; But since whene'er he wrangld, still he had Three specious reasons for the noise he made, To please his client, to inform the court, And to gain riches for his own support, – Therefore he's doom'd in hell three heads to bear, And in his mouth three howling tongues to wear, That the loud eloquence he once could boast, To his own interest, but his client's cost, Might now be turn’d to dreadful howls and yelps, The snarling language of illiterate whelps; And tho' on earth no other bribe but gold Would make the pleader for his client scold, Yet now in hell a greasy sop must be,
Instead of coin, the growling puppy's fee.” In his First Satire, one of the characters, having had his coat stolen, is advised to resort to law to recover
“ Law bears the name, but money has the power:
But he is afraid of the law, and is “clear for buying it, though we know it to be our own, and rather recover the treasure with a little money than embroil ourselves in an uncertain suit."
“A Sergeant of the Lawe, ware and wise,
What a vivid description ! especially the touch,"seemed busier than he was.'
i Parvis, church portico.
4 Find flaw.
“The voyce of the laste Trumpet, blowen by the seventh Angel (as is mentioned in the eleventh of the Apocalips), callying al estate of men to the ryght path of theyr vocation; wherein are conteyned xii lessons to twelve severall estats of men ; which, if they learne and folowe, al shall be wel, and nothing amis,” is a book printed in London in 1550, and so scarce that I have never been able to find a copy in this country, and have become acquainted with it only by seeing a copy quoted in an old catalogue at fifteen pounds, and some extracts cited in Brydges' Restituta. The lessons are addressed respectively to beggars, servants, yeomen, lewd priests, scholars, learned men, physicians, lawyers, merchants, gentlemen, magistrates, and women. The following is a portion of “The Lawiar's Lesson:
“Nowe come hither, thou manne of Lawe,
Fyrst, call unto thy memorye
saye ballyng — for better name
dedicated the following sonnet to Chancellor Egerton :
“Most humbly shewes to thy great worthiness
Please it, therefore, an Injunction grant,
For thee and thine, for ay,
These initials, probably those of Nicholas Breton, are subscribed to the prefatory address of a singular book entitled, “I Would, and Would Not,” published in London in 1614. An idea of the author's plan, as well as his style, may be conveyed by the following stanzas applicable to our subject :“I would I were a man of such deepe wit,
As might discerne the depth of every cause; That wheresoere I did in Judgement sit,
I might be held a Note-booke in the Lawes.
And every word I spake an Oracle.
I should be troubled with a world of Cases:
Some with their pleasing, some with piteous faces; And when the Rich had left their briberie,
I should not rest for Forma Pauperie.”
FRANCIS QUARLES, In “Emblems Divine and Moral," speaking of the "golden age," says, —
“ There was no client then to wait