Happy writ I (Yose) haf by Gerrard Winstanley.Day! Þis is a small
To all þat call þemselfes, or are called
Þat haf begun to cut, or þat þruhe
fear anddo mean to cut down
þe Woods and Trees þat grow upon þe
in þe Year, 1649.
We hwose names are in þe name of all arm underyoked folk in England, bode unto ew, þat call ewerselfes lords of Drihtenhuse, and Lord of þe Land, Þat þe King of ure haf inlihtened ure hearts so far, as to see, Þat þe earþ was not made for ew, to be Lords of it, and we to be ewer and Beggers; but it was made to be made an Lifelihood to all, wiþute of leeds: And þat ewer buying and selling of Land, and þe of it, one to anoþer, is þe þing, and was brouht in by War; hwic haþ, and still and þeft, in þe hands of sum of Mankind ofer oþers, hwic is þe greatest uteward birden, and unrihtwise miht, þat þe groans under: For þe of Land, and owning was brouht into þe Making by ewer by þe Sword; hwic first murþered þeir fellow Men and after plunder or steal away þeir Land, and left þis Land to ew, þeir Cildren. And þerefore, þouh ye killed not nor þeefed, yet ye hold þat hexed þing in ewer hand, by þe miht of þe Sword; and so ye seek to make þe wicked deeds of ewer Faþers seem riht; and þat sin of ewer Faþers, scall be upon þe heads of ew, and ewr Cildren, to þe þird or fourþ and longer too, till ewer bloody and þeefing miht be rooted ute of þe Land.
And furþer,þe King of Rihtwiseness haþ made us of ure birdens, and þe and groaning of ure hearts are cum before him: we take it as a of luf from him, Þat ure hearts begin to be freed from fear of men, suc as ye are; and þat we find in us, grunded upon þe inward law of Luf, one towards anoþer, To Dig and Pluhe up þe Meannesses, and weest Lands þruhe England; and þat ure scall be so Þat ewer Laws scall not reac to underyoke us any longer, unless ye by ewer Laws will sced þe blood þat runs in ure
For þouh ye and ewer Forebears got ewer Auht byand þeft, and ye keep it by þe same miht from us, þat haf an riht to Land wiþ ew, by þe rihtwise Law of Life, yet we scall haf no of fihting (as ye haf) abute þat worrisum defil, called auht: For þe Earþ, wiþ all her Bleads of Corn, and suc like, was made to be an amean of Lifelihood to all Mankind, freend, and foe, wiþute
And toewer know þis, Þat we Must neiþer buy nor sell; must not any longer (after ure work of þe Earþs is furþered) be þe great god, þat hedges in sum, and hedges ute oþers, for Yeeld is but a of þe Earþ: And þe Rihtwise Maker, hwo is King, nefer Þat unless sum of Mankind, bring þat (Silfer and Gold) in þeir hands, to oþers of þeir own kind, þat þey scould neiþer be fed nor be cloþed; no wissly, For þis was þe of -flesc (hwic Land-lords are buhes of) to set his upon Yeeld. And þey make þis unrihtwise Law, Þat none scould buy or sell, eat, or be cloþed, or haf any Lifelihood among men, unless þey brouht his Bild þrucced upon Gold or Silfer in þeir hands.
And hwereas þespeak, Þat þe mark of þe is 666, þe of a man; and þat þose þat bring þat mark in þeir hands, or in þeir foreheads, þey scould neþer buy nor sell, 13:16. And seeing þe abute þe Englisc yeeld make 666, hwic is þe rime of þat Kingly Miht and (called a Man) And seeing þe of þe Making is nue cum to þe Bild of þe Feend, or Half day. And seeing 666 is his mark, we þis to be þe last miht þat scall and þat folk scall lif freely in þe of þe Earþ, wiþute bringing þe mark of þe Feend in þeir hands, or in þeir and þat þey scall buy Wine and Milk, wiþute Yeeld, or wiþute as Isah speaks.
For after ure work of þe Earþly amone iswe must make of Gold and Silfer, as we do of oþer but not to buy and sell wiþal; for buying and selling is þe great , þat and steals þe Earþ one from anoþer: It is þat hwic makeþ sum Lords, oþers Beggers, sum oþers to be weelded; and makeþ great Murþerers and Þeefes to be and hangers of littel ones, or of men.
And hwile we are made toþe Earþ togeþer, wiþ one and willing mind; and hwile we are made free, þat efery one, freend and foe, scall þe of þeir Making, þat is, To haf food and from þe Earþ, þeir Moþer; and efery one to gif witness of his þouhts, words, and to none, but to þe one and only rihtwise and þe of Rihtwiseness þat dwells, and þat is nue rising up to weeld in efery Wiht, and in þe hwole We say, hwile we are made to hinder no man of his gifen him in his Making, efen to one, as to anoþer; hwat Law þen can ye make, to take hold upon us, but Laws of Underyoking and þat scall or spill þe blood of þe Cleanhearted? And so ewer Selfes, ewer Deemers, and scall be fund to be þe greatest in, and ofer Mankind.
But to draw neerer to bode ure meaning, hwat we woold haf, and hwat we scallto þe uttermost to , as and rihtwise us; seeing we are made to see ure gifen us in ure Making, hwic haf hiþerto been to us, and ure Faþers, sinse þe miht of þe Sword began to And þe of þe Making haf been locked up under þe speaking, from þe , and for , And sinse þe miht of þe murþering, and þeefing Sword, before, as well as nue of late yeers, haþ set up a , and þat Leedward; for hwat are , and putting oþers to deaþ, but þe miht of þe Sword to folks to þat Leedward hwic was got by and Sword, and cannot stand of it self, but by þe same murþering miht? Þat Leedward þat is got ofer folk by þe Sword and kept by þe Sword, is not set up by þe King of Rihtwiseness to be his Law, but by Yissing, þe great god of þe world; hwo haþ been to weeld for a time, times, and of time and his leedward draws to þe of þe last of his lotted time; and þen þe Þeeds scall see þe of þat Leedward þhat scall weeld in Rihtwiseness, wiþute eiþer Sword or Spear.
And seeing furþer, þe miht of Rihtwiseness in ure hearts, seeking þe lifelihood of oþers as well as ure selfes, haþ drawn forþ ure bodies to begin to dig, and pluhe, in þe Meannesses and weest Land, for þe grunds already boded,
And seeing and finding ureselfes arm, wanting Food to feed upon, hwile we swink þe Earþ to cast in seed, and to wait till þe first crop cums up; and wanting Pluhes, Carts, Corn, and sucto þe Meannesses wiþal, we are willing to bode ure to ew, and to all, þat haf þe of þe Earþ, locked up in ewer Bags, Cests, and Barns, and will offer up noþing to þis Hoard; but will raþer see ewer fellow Wihts starfe for want of Bread, þat haf an efen riht to it wiþ ewer selfes, by þe Law of Making: But þis by þe way we onely bode to ew, and to all þat follow þe of buying and selling þe Earþ wiþ her Bleeds, to get þe Hoard þereof into þeir hands, to lock it up from þem, to hwom it belongs; þat so, suc yissing, unrihtwise, selfisc flesc, may be left wiþute in þe
And þerefore, þe main þing weat, and for hwic we Bode ure to go forþ, and is þis, To lay hold upon, and as we stand in need, to cut and fell, and make þe best we can of þe Woods and Trees, þat grow upon þe Meannesses, To be a stock for ure selfes, and ure arm Breþren, þruhe þe land of England, to wortwale þe Meannesses wiþal; and to us bread to eat, 'till þe Bleeds of ure in þe Earþ bring forþ and we scall meddle wiþ none of ewer Auhts (but hwat is called till þe Goast in ew, make ew cast up ewer Lands and Goods, hwic were got, and still is kept in your hands by murþer, and þeft; and þen we scall take it from þe Goast, þat haþ oferwon ew, and not from ure Swords, hwic is an and unrihtwise miht, and a of þe Making: But þe Son of man cums not to forspill, but to