A satire in verse by Gascoigne, published 1576.
The common looking‐glass only shows the thing much better than it is. Looking into his ‘steele glas’ the poet sees himself with his faults and then successively the faults of kings; covetous lords and knights; drunken soldiers; false judges; merchants; priests; etc. Finally the ploughman is held up as a model:Behold him (priests) & though he stink of sweatDisdaine him not: for shal I tel you what?Such clime to heaven, before the shaven crownes.
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George Gascoigne (c. 1534—1577) author and soldier