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Alyon is he of whome the fader is borne and he hym selfe also borne owte of the clegyaunce of our lord the kynge/ but yf an alyon come & dwell in englond whych is not of the kyngys enemys & here hath issu this issu is not alyon but englysh/ also if an englysh man go ouer these with the kingys lycens & ther hath issu thys issu is not alyon.
John Rastell, The Expositions of the Terms of the Law of England (ca. 1525)
James Howell's Lexicon Tetraglotton (1660) frontispiece

James Howell's Lexicon Tetraglotton (1660) frontispiece,
Courtesy of the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library
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