"We Rise With The Lark And Go To Bed With The Lamb"
Context: Breton was a very popular writer in his time, and exhibited his versatility by his mastery of a variety of forms including satires, characters, letter-books, political pamphlets, philosophical treatises, religious poetry, and pastorals. He was a friend to Shakespeare and Ben Jonson and was patronized by the Countess of Pembroke. The present work is a pastoral dialogue between one who resides at the court and one who lives amid the rural beauties of the country, each describing the attractions and virtues of his way of life. The countryman has decidedly the best of the debate:
I haue heard moreouer that you haue among you certain Euesdroppers, that are tale carriers, that come among the rooles of Knaues. But for our howses in the Country they are so far one from another, that if we catch any of them about vs, wee should carry him before the Constable for a theefe.But now leauing to speake more of these things: for pleasures, beleeue it, we will put you downe a world of steppes; for, first of all we rise with the Larke and goe to bed with the Lambe, so that we haue the breake of the day and the brightnes of the Sunne to cheere our Spirits in our going to our labours, which many of you barre your selues of, by making day of the night and night of the day, by sleeping after wearines vpon the labour of wantonnes, if not of wickedness, . . .