He was an unshaven little man in a threadbare coat like a gaberdine
, with his feet in slippers, and I thought him a harmless fool.
As he toiled on before, with his palm upon the stair-rail, and his long black skirt, a very gaberdine
, overhanging each successive step, he might have been the leader in some pilgrimage of devotional ascent to a prophet's tomb.
He was old, and his woollen gaberdine
still reeked of the stinking artemisia of the mountain passes.
Ours, for instance, ours: The thinkers scout it, and the poets abound Who scorn to touch it with a finger-tip: A pewter age, --mixed metal, silver-washed An age of patches for old gaberdines
, An age of mere transition, meaning nought Except that what succeeds must shame it quite If God please.
did make cauill, that the English merchants did bring him nothing that was good, and compared olde gaberdines
of his own skarlets as the merchants had then brought him....seeming as though he would make no more reckoning to haue any amitie with the Queenes Maistie.