Act II, Scene III.
"Call the quean up: if my men want shoe-thread, I'll swing her in a
||"Yet, that's but a dry
beating; here's still sign of drought."
||"Master, for my life,
yonder's a brother of the gentle craft; if he bear not Saint Hugh's bones,
I'll forfeit my bones..."
||"If Saint Hugh's bones shall
not be set a-work, I may prick mine awl in the walls and go play."
||"And hark you, sko-maker,
have you all your good tools, a good
a good stopper,
a good dresser,
four sorts of awls,
two balls of wax,
your paring knife,
and thumb- leathers,
and good Saint Hugh's Bones to smooth up your work?"
||Hear ye, friend, have ye any
skill in the mystery of cordwainers?"
"...Ho, boy, bring him an
here's a new journeyman."
Act III, Scene V.
The First Three-Men's Song.
||Enter Hodge, Hans,
Ralph, Firk and other Shoemakers, in a morris...
To this motion euery one gaue his
consent, so that the same night Saint Hughes bones were taken down, and
the same being brought before a sort of shoomakers, there they gaue their
opinion; That it was necessary to fulfill the will of the dead, and to take
those bones in as good a part, as if they were worth ten thousand pounds;
whereupon one stept out, and thus did say.
My friends, I pray you list to
And mark what S. Hughes
bones shall be.
Drawer and a Dresser,
wedges, a more and a lesser:
A pretty block three inches high,
fashion squared like a Die,
Which shall be called by proper name,
the very same.
A Hand-leather and a Thumb-leather
to pull out shoo-threed
we must deuise;
The Needle and the
shall not be left alone,
The Pincers and the
and the rubbing stone.
The Aule steele and
the Sow-haires beside,
The Stirrop holding fast,
while we sowe the Cow-hide,
The whetstone, the
and the paring knife:
All this doth belong
to a Journeymans life,
Our Apron is the Shrine,
to wrap these bones in:
Thus shrowded we Saint
gentle Lambs skin.
Now all you good Yeomen of the Gentle
Craft, tell me now (quoth he) how like you this?
As well (replyed they) as Saint
George doth of his horse, for as long as we can see him fight with the
Dragon, we will neuer part from this Posie.
And it shall be concluded, that what
Iourney-man soeuer he be hereafter, that cannot handle his
Sword and buckler,
long sword or a
Quarter-staffe, sound the
Trumpet, or a play vpon the
and bear his part in a
three mans Song, and readily reckon vp his
Tools in Rime:
except he haue
born Colours in the field, being a Lieutenant, a Sergeant or Corporall, shall forfeit and pay a
pottle of Wine, or be
counted for a colt: to
which they answered all viua voce, Content content; and then after many merry
songs, they departed. And neuer after did they trauell without these tools on
their backs: which euer since were called Saint Hughes bones.
Act 4, Scene ?.
but which of our tooles shall we call so?
Marry, even all fellow Raph, all the tooles we worke with: as for example,
the Drawer, Dresser, Wedges, Heele-block, hand and thumb-lethers, shooe-thrids,
Pincers, pricking-aule, and a
Aule, Steele, and Tacks,
stopping stick, Apron and Paring-knife, all these
are Sir Hughs bones, Now sir, whatsoever he be, that is a Gentleman of the
Gentle Craft, and has not all these at his fingers ends, to reckon them up in
Rime, shall presently up with him and strapado his bum.
An everlasting Law renowned Barnaby.
Nay, heare me since like a Swan or a Sowter: Furthermore, if any
Journey-man shall travel without these tools, now call'd St. Hughs at his back,
and cannot slash, cut or crack coxcombes, with brave
Sword and Buckler,
quarter-staffe, sound a
trumpet or play the
flute, ' or beare his
parte in a three-man song,
he shall forfeit a
Gallon of wine, and be
a Colt as long as his shooes are made of running lether : Speake, is't agreed
Agree, Agree, Agree
Wee'le take up the body then.
Ile have a leg of him.
And Ile help thee Raph.
With reverence and with silence then: For as
we have made these Lawes in
remembrance of him, so it shall not be a misse to make it the sweeter, to reckon
up our tooles and put them in meeter, and instead of a Deirge, I think it fit
time and reason to reckon Sir Hughs bones in Rime:
first, and then the
Wedges and Heeleblocks,
greater and lesser;
Yet tis not worth two Gander's feathers,
Unlesse you have the hand and
Then comes your
with pincers and
pricking Aule, so neate and nimble:
Rubbing stone next, with the Aule, Steel and
Which often will hold when the shooe-leather cracks:
Stopping Stick, with good
cutting knife, which sharply pares:
And lastly, to clap Saint Hughs bones in
An Apron that's made of a jolly
and thus to all Shooemakers we bid adieu
with tryumph to bury the famous St. Hugh.