Henry Craik, ed. English Prose. 1916. Vol. I. Fourteenth to Sixteenth Century
By Thomas Dekker (c. 15701632)
THIS ferret hunting hath his seasons as other games have, and is followed at such a time of year, when the gentry of our kingdom, by riots, having chased themselves out of the fair revenues and large possession left to them by their ancestors, are forced to hide their heads like conies, in little caves and in unfrequented places: or else being almost windless, by running after sensual pleasures too fiercely, they are glad (for keeping themselves in breath so long as they can) to fall to ferret hunting, that is to say, to take up commodities.