of humble birth

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A MAN of humble birth and no breading, who held a high political office, was passing through a forest, when he met a Monkey.
Take this ear-lier pair of quatrains: "When gates of iron are chained in penury The old gate fortress will fall But the lion will rise again By the course of steel serpent "An alchemist of humble birth Shall transport base elements And turn rust and ruins Into an age of gold and glory" Now, it might be just me stretching it a bit but come on; "gates of iron chained" if that is not the liquidator's padlocks on the Warwick Street entrance in 1986 I'll get a Mackem tattoo on my bum.
As a member of the WAAC, Lilly requests deployment to the field hospital in France where she will be reunited with Robert Fraser, a Scottish army surgeon of humble birth and best friend of her dear brother Edward.
Henderson's was the classic story of a lad o'pairts, the boy of humble birth made good.
The heroes and heroines were usually of humble birth, whose goodness ennobled them and usually propelled them upwards into the aristocracy or the monarchy by the end of the story.
Both Richard de Ware of Westminster and Mathieu de Vendome of Saint-Denis were of humble birth but they became powerbrokers to kings and arbiters of the beliefs of their subjects.
Imagine, a self-taught man of humble birth winning so many votes in a race for President!
Letizia has been married before, she dresses too flamboyantly, she doesn't know how to behave properly and, even worse, is guilty of being a journo (only estate agents and lawyers are held in less esteem) let alone of humble birth.
Often he is a man of humble birth who leaves the group and returns to assume power.
This revitalization of learning benefitted men of humble birth such as Bronzino and Giovanbattista Gelli, who did not possess a traditional humanistic education, and it facilitated the emergence of women writers such as Laura Battiferri and Tullia d'Aragona, all of whom mingled freely with prominent Florentine intellectuals such as Benedetto Varchi and Vincenzo Borghini.(6)
Some were of humble birth; most, however, were ministeriales, or members of the lower nobility, who depended on court patronage for their livelihood.