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SHOEMAKING
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[ Also see Apparel Dress Feet Occupations ]

(Flavius:) Thou art a cobbler, art thou?
  (Cobbler:) Truly, sir, all that I live by is with the awl. I meddle with no tradesman's matters nor women's matters; but withal--I am indeed, sir, a surgeon to old shoes. When they are in great danger, I recover them. As proper men as ever trod upon neat's leather have gone upon my handiwork.
    (Flavius:) But wherefore art not in thy shop to-day?
      Why dost thou lead these men about the streets?
        (Cobbler:) Truly, sir, to wear out their shoes, to get myself into more work.
      - William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar
         (Flavius & Cobbler at I, i)

(Marcullus:) You, sir, what trade are you?
  (Cobbler:) Truly, sir, in respect of a fine workman I am but, as you would say, a cobbler.
    (Marcullus:) But what trade art thou? Answer me directly.
      (Cobbler:) A trade, sir, that I hope I may use with a safe conscience, which is indeed, sir, a mender of bad soles.
      - William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar
         (Marcullus & Cobbler at I, i)

You cannot put the same shoe on every foot.
      - Syrus (Publilius Syrus), Maxims (596)

When bootes and shoes are torn up to the lefts,
  Cobblers must thrust their awls up to the hefts.
      - Nathaniel Ward,
        The Simple Cobbler of Aggawam in America
         (title page)

Rap, rap! upon the well-worn stone,
  How falls the polished hammer!
    Rap, rap! the measured sound has grown
      A quick and merry clamor.
        Now shape the sole! how deftly curl
          The glassy vamp around it,
            And bless the while the bright-eyed girl
              Whose gentle fingers bound it!
      - John Greenleaf Whittier, The Shoemakers


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