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Glegg, with indignant disgust, "you do talk o' people's complaints till it's quite undecent. But I say again, as I said before, I didn't come away from home to talk about acquaintances, whether they'd short breath or long.
For even as women (which curiously fashion and attire their heads and bodies by their glasse, which representeth unto them all undecent and comely guizes) will presendy shew themselves abroad amongst the people, finding their bodies by that myrrour pleasingly garnished: so Princes by the like resemblance find in the glasse of hystories, that which giveth spurs to their vertues and policie.
ON a Sunday morning, early in the eighteenth century, Anglican minister James Blair accused male members of his Virginia congregation of attending church "on the purpose that they may feed their lustful Eyes." Criticizing his hearers for unleashing their "Wanton Desires" through "Undecent, Lascivious Glances, and ogling Gestures," Blair called on them to keep their "Hearts ...
In 1596, the Lord Mayor of London reported to Burleigh on his attempt to interrogate Thomas Deloney because he had written a "certain ballad containing a complaint of the great want and scarcitie of corn within this realm, which, forasmuch as it containeth in it certaine vaine and presumptuous matter, bringing in her Highnes to speak with her people in dialogue in very fond and undecent sort, and prescribeth orders for the remedying of the dearth of corn,.extracted (as it seemeth) out of the booke published by your Lordship the last year, (8) but in that vaine and undiscreet manner as that thereby the poore may aggravate their grief, and take occasion of some discontentment" (Wright 2: 462-63).
an Accusation [was] exhibited against me for wearing undecent and manly apparel.
considerable uneasiness at the "undecent" handling of matters
1613) (releasing a prisoner committed by the mayor of his town for contempt for his use of "undecent speeches").
Moreover, when Partridge gave Bickerstaff the lie in his next almanac, referring to him as an "impudent lying fellow" and lamely protesting his own continuing existence, Swift did as a man of principle should: he stood on his honor in the face of usage "very undecent from one Gentleman to another" (2:159).