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  • At last the key was found, and one of the parish comes to me and said, — ‘Sir, this is a busie day with us, we cannot hear you; it is Robin Hood’s day.

    The Abbot

  • When we came to London, and I did not see my Father, I began to cry; but they wheedled me, and told me, he was busie on Ship − board, so they would carry me to him, and there I should see the Sea, and Ships, the most wonderful things in the World.

    The Lining of the Patch-Work Screen

  • And likewise came a busie Peer, call'd Sir William White-Wine.

    John Barleycorn

  • Meadow, chequered with water Lillies and Lady-smocks, there you may see what work they make: look, you see all busie, men and dogs, dogs and men, all busie.

    The Compleat Angler

  • And yet, I cannot doubt, but that by it, some readers may receive so much profit or pleasure, as if they be not very busie men, may make it not unworthy the time of their perusall; and this is all the confidence that I can put on concerning the merit of this Book.

    The Compleat Angler

  • Thei are men of a proude nature, busie medlers, and sedicious, craftie, deceiptfull, malaparte, and vnshamefaced: for thei holde opinion that it becometh the man as well to be Sterne, as the woman to be milde.

    The Fardle of Facions, conteining the aunciente maners, customes and lawes, of the peoples enhabiting the two partes of the earth, called Affricke and Asie

  • Thei ware all busie vsurers, and Simonites: bothe spirituall and Temporall, as the

    The Fardle of Facions, conteining the aunciente maners, customes and lawes, of the peoples enhabiting the two partes of the earth, called Affricke and Asie

  • Either of these two young men, before the Maide was fifteene yeeres old, laboured to be possessed of her in marriage, but her Guardian would give no consent thereto: wherefore, perceiving their honest intended meaning to be frustrated, they now began to busie their braines, how to forestall one another by craft and circumvention.

    The Decameron

  • Woman, woman, yong wenches are wily, many wanton crotchets are busie in their braines, and to us that are aged, they sing like

    The Decameron

  • Pistoia, that he daily made love to the foresaid Ladie, some busie-body put it into the head of Signior Francesco, that if he pleased to request the Gelding, the Magnifico would frankely give it him, in regard of the love he bare to his wife.

    The Decameron

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