Enclosure

From “A Prayer for Landlords,” in A Book of Private Prayer set forth by the Order of King Edward VI, issued in 1553:

We heartily pray thee to send they holy spirit into the hearts of them that posses the grounds, pastures, and dwelling-places of the earth, that they, remembering themselves to be thy tenants, may not rack and stretch out the rents of their houses and lands, nor yet take unreasonable fines and incomes, after the manner of covetous worldlings… but so behave themselves in letting out their tenements, lands and pastures, that after this life they may be received into everlasting dwelling places.

Quoted in R.H. Tawney, Religion and the Rise of Capitalism, “The Land Question.”

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