Good people, things will never go well in England so long as goods be not in common, and so long as there be villeins and gentlemen. By what right are they whom we call lords greater folk than we On what grounds have they deserved it Why do they hold us in serfage If we all came of the same father and mother, of Adam and Eve, how can they say or prove that they are better than we, if it be not that they make us gain for them by our toil what they spend in their pride They are clothed in velvet and warm in their furs and their ermines, while we are covered with rags. They have wine and spices and fir bread and we oat-cake and straw, and water to drink. They have leisure and fine houses we have pain and labour, the rain and the wind in the fields. And yet it is of us and of our toil that these men hold their state.