One time, I remember, goeing in the Strand, a poor and infirme old man craved his almes.
To give little gifts, is to Dishonour; because it is but almes, and signifies an opinion of the need of small helps.
J has eo at almes, adding as next line, Ne his poure kunesmen at him ne myhte nouht spede.
And this collection passing vnder the name of an almes, was extended vpon the goods as well of the spirituall men as temporall.
It were almes to thruste a dagger throughe hys chekes, sayeth one.
As he came furth of the Castell gate, thare mett him certane beggeris, asking of his almes, for Goddis saik.
In soche a way I had leuer haue an almes howse of olde folkes, then a company of stronge theues.