|The English Peasants' Revolt of 1381
The Laurel of sucess crowned not the Rebels, they crumble to their first dust again, are ruined by their own weight and confusion. They had risen like the sons of the Dragon's teeth, in tempests, without policy or advice. Their leaders were meerly fantastical, but goblins and shadows, men willing to embroyl, and daring, whose courage was better than their cause.
--John Cleveland, 1658
Johan the Mullere hath ygrounde smal, smal, smal;
Jakke Mylner asketh help to turne hys mylne aright. He hath grounden smal, smal; the kings sone of heven he schal pay for alle. Loke they mylne go aright, with the foure sayles, and the post stande in stedfastnesse. With ryght and with myght, with skyl and with wylle, lat myght helpe ryght, and skyl go before wille and ryght before myght, than goeth oure mylne aryght. And if myght go before ryght, and wylle before skylle, than is oure mylne mys adyght.
--the letter of Jack the Miller, from the Chronicon of Henry Knighton.
February 11, 2001
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