"In the array of funerals, too,—whether for the apparel of the dead body, or to typify, by manifold emblematic devices of sable cloth and snowy lawn, the sorrow of the survivors"

This example of sumptuary hypocrisy is in fact one of which the Puritans were innocent — at least at this point. Corpses were dressed in a simple white shift and mourners too were required to observe austerity in their dress; even donning black clothes was deemed sinful ostentation. This began to change later in the seventeenth century when wearing elaborate mourning gloves, ribbons and cloaks became de rigeur, as did displays of emotion that would have been seen as blasphemous in earlier decades.