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By the masse, than, now have at the! Benedicite. SEDICYON: In nomine Pape, Amen. DISSYMUL: Syr, this is my minde; I wyll gyve Kyng Johan thys poison. (lines 2016–20) Latin is not entirely banished from the language deployed by the virtuous characters: Widow England and Imperyall Majestye both speak in Latin at one point in the play. However, not only is their Latin noticeably less frequent than that of the Vices, they both translate their Latin tags so that everyone can understand them. Their Latin is also biblical (from Isaiah and Matthew respectively), and therefore the word of God, rather than the ceremonial Latin of the litany.

27. Cited by G. Watson, The Border Reivers (London: Robert Hale, 1974), p. 119. 28. Wilson, Rhetorique, fol. 50r. 29. Quentin Skinner, Reason and Rhetoric in the Philosophy of Hobbes (Cambridge University Press, 1996), p. 180. 30. OED, ‘civil’, sense 10. 31. Puttenham, English Poesie, p. 48. 32. Thomas Smith, De recta et emendata linguae anglicae scriptione, dialogus, trans. Bror Danielsson, The Literary and Linguistic Works of Thomas Smith, part III, Stockholm Studies in English (Stockholm: Almquist & Wiksell International, 1983), p.

Wilson’s newly civilized society is also marked by city-dwelling sustained by agriculture as his civil beings ‘builde and maintaine cities’. In contrast, their former nomadic lifestyle, when – with ‘the earth untilled’ – ‘some […] grased upon the ground’ and ‘roomed like Woodoses’, is rendered barbarous: the life of ‘brute beastes’. 6 Above all, however, civility relies on eloquent and orderly speech. G. H. 7 In this essay, I want to suggest that morality and style are not as distinct as Mair implies.

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