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The Punishment of Thieves (From Utopia)
By Sir Thomas More
(One of the great classic Utopias, written by the English statesman, 14781535; executed upon Tower Hill, for opposing the will of King Henry VIII)
IN this poynte, not you onlye, but also the most part of the world, be like evyll scholemaisters, which be readyer to beate, than to teache, their scholers. For great and horrible punishmentes be appointed for theves, whereas much rather provision should have ben made, that there were some meanes, whereby they myght get their livyng, so that no man shoulde be dryven to this extreme necessitie, firste to steale, and then to dye.