Divine Weekes And Workes Quotes

"Living From Hand To Mouth"

Context: In the Second Week of this long poem, the author describes the Eden events–the innocence, the coming of an impostor, the furies, and finally "handie-crafts," or Adam's attempts to learn to make a living. This story by analogy fortells "the after-Worlds events" in which man learns survival from the time when he is "glad to bite a brown crust that the mouse has had" to a time when he stores fruit and nuts against the long winter.

Wherefore (as yet) more led by th 'appetite
Of th' hungry belly than the tastes delight,
Living from hand to mouth, soon satisfi'd
To earn their supper, th' afternoon they ply'd,
Unstor'd of dinner till the morrow-day;
Pleas'd with an Apple, or some lesser prey.