James Howell's Lexicon Tetraglotton (1660) frontispiece,
Courtesy of the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library
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Alyon is he of whome the fader is borne and he hym selfe also borne owte of the clegyaunce of our lord the kynge/ but yf an alyon come & dwell in englond whych is not of the kyngys enemys & here hath issu this issu is not alyon but englysh/ also if an englysh man go ouer these with the kingys lycens & ther hath issu thys issu is not alyon.
John Rastell, The Expositions of the Terms of the Law of England (ca. 1525)

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