James Howell's Lexicon Tetraglotton (1660) frontispiece,
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Iape, Jest, a Word by abuse grown odious, and therefore by a certain curious Gentlewoman scraped out in her Chaucer; whereupon her serving man writeth thus:
My Mistress cannot be content,
To take a jest as Chaucer ment,
But using still a Womans fashion,
Allows it in the last Translation:
She cannot with a word dispence,
Although I know she loves the sence.
For such an use the World hath got
That words are sins, but deeds are not.
The History of the Grand Visiers, trans. John Evelyn Jr. (1677)

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