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And spying heirs melting with lusury, Satan will not joy at their fins as he : For ( as a thrifty wench scrapes kitchen-stuffe, And barrelling the droppings, and the snuffe Of wasting candles, which in thirty year, Reliquely kept , perchance buys wedding chear) Piecemeal he gets lands, and spends as much tiine Wringing each acre , as maids pulling prime, In parchment then , large as the fields, he draws Assurances , big as glofs'd civil laws, So huge that men ( in our times forwardness) Are fathers of the church for writing less. These he writes not; nor for these written payes, Therefore spares no length ( as in those firft dayes When Luther was profest, he did desire Short Pater-nofters , saying as a fryer Each day his beads ; but having left those laws , Adds to Christ's prayer , the power and glory clause) But when he sells or changes land, h’ impaires The writings, and ( unwalch’d) leaves out ses heires ; As Nily as any commenter goes by Hard words, or sense ; or, in divinity As controverters in vouch'd texts, leave out Shrew'd words, which might against them clear the

doubt. Where are these spread woods which cloath'd

heretofore Those bought lands? not built, not burnt within door. Where the old landlords troops, and almes : In halls Carthusian fasts, and fulsome bacchanals


And when rank widows purchase luscious nights,
Or when a duke to Jansen punts at White's,
Or city-heir in mortgage melts away;
Satan himself feels far less joy than they.
Piecemeal they win this acre first, then that,
Glean on, and gather up the whole estate.
Then strongly fencing ill-got wealth by law,
Indentures, cov'nants , articles they draw,
Large as the fields themselves, and larger far
Than civil codes, with all their glosses, are ;
So vast, our new divines , we must confess,
Are fathers of the church for writing less.
But let them write for you, each rogue impairs
The deeds, and dextrously omits, ses heires :
No commentator can more sily pass
O’er a learn'd , unintelligible place ;
Or, in quotation , shrewd divines leave oue
Those words, that would against them clear the doube

So Luther thought the Pater-nofter long,
When doom'd to say his beads and even-song;
But having cast his cowl, and left those laws,
Adds to Christ's pray'r, the power and glory clause.

The lands are bought; but where are to be found Those ancient woods, that shaded all the ground! We see no new-built palaces aspire, No kitchens emulate the veftal fire. Where are those troops of poor, that throng'd of yore The good old landlord's hospitable door? Well, I could wish, that still in lordly domes Some beasts were kill'd, tho' not whole hecatomlıs; That both extremes were banish'd from their walls, Carchusian fasts, and fullome bacchanals; VOL. II.


Equally I hate. Mean's bleft. In rich men's homes
I bid kill some beasts, but no hecatombs;
Nonę starve , none surfeit so. But (oh!) we allow
Good works as good, but out of fashion now
Like old rich wardrobes. But my words none draws
Within the vast reach of th' huge statuses jaws.

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And all mankind might that just mean observe,
In which none e'er could surfeit, none could starve.
These as good works, 'tis true, we all allow;
But oh! these works are not in fashion now:
Like rich old wardrobes , things extremely rare,
Extremely fine, but what no man will wear.

Thus much I've said, I trust, without offencc;
Let no court sycoplant pervert my sense,
Nor Ay informer watch these words to draw
Within the reach of treason, or the law.




W :11; I may now receive, and die. My fin

Indeed is great, but yet I have been in
A purgatory , such as fear'd hell is
A recreation, and scant map of this.

My mind, neither with pride's itch, nor hath beca
Poyson'd with love to see or to be seen,
I had no suit there, nor new suit to show,
Yet went to court; but as Glare which did go
To mass in jest, catch’d, was fain to disburse
Two hundred markes, which is the statutes curse,
Before he scap'd ; so it pleas’d my destiny
(Guilty of my fin of going ) to think me
As prone to all ill, and of good as forget-
full , as proud, luftfull, and as much in debt,
As vain, as witless, and as false, as they
Which dwell in court, for once going that way.

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