Lychnocausia

or Lights Moral Emblems, a set of improving poems by Robert Farlie, published in 1638. Each page of the book is embellished with a plate. Most are candles or lamps reflecting the title of the work, but a few have a figure in the picture too. Here are the best ones. They look in the most part like ordinary people.

I Weary, Give My Light to Thee. Guy in a hat, simple coat, breeches and boots lights an enormous candle.

 

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I Find Things Lost. Woman in plain petticoat and shoes sweeps the floor by another really big candle.

 

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My Light is Darkness to Thee. Man is a long coat and big hat. And a candle.

 

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Help or Else I Die. Man in a coat, hat, breeches an shoes and a flambeau. Note the belt around the coat, the leg ties holding his hose up and the rosettes on his shoes.

 

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In Vain Thou Coverest me. Bloke in a doublet and cloak cuddles a flaming staff. Again nice hose garters and shoe rosettes.

 

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So You Are Not Born for Yourselves. Back to the candle motif. Man in doublet or coat (could be either) lights the candle.

 

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‘Tis Better to Tarry. Woman in petticoat and either mad hair or a hairy coif holds the candle in a rather odd fashion.

 

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If Thou Abroad, I Am at Home. Man in doublet and breeches holds the flare, candle on the table. Double whammy!

 

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