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By Gary DeNeal
Gary DeNeal is the editor and publisher since 1985 of Springhouse, a bi-monthly magazine focusing on the history and lore of southeastern Illinois.
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Oct. 4, 2013 12:01 a.m.

John Heywood’s assertion that “the happy man’s without a shirt” makes sense for a man with a closet full of hair shirts, but Heywood only owned regular shirts.


 


I’m probably misreading the author, dead now for 433 years.


 


   The loss of wealth is loss of dirt,


   As sages in all times assert;


   The happy man's without a shirt.


                        John Heywood 1497-1580


 




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