live idly

See: dissipate
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I am thinking, not of you, my dainty one, but of the unfortunate people who slave that we may live idly.
Yet, somewhat confusingly, in Spenser (as in Beacon) the critique of aristocratic violence also betrays the influence of Machiavelli's Discourses, which, despite their celebration of ancient military virtu, are unequivocally hostile towards "gentlemen" - those "who live idly upon the proceeds of their extensive possessions, without devoting themselves to agriculture or any other useful pursuit to gain a living.