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Those write because all write, aud so have still
Excuse for writing, and for writmg ill.
Wretched indeed! but far more wretched yet
Is he who makes his meal on others' wit:
'Tis chang'd, no doubt, from what it was before;
His rank digestion makes it wit no more:
Sense, past through him, no longer is the same;
For food digested takes another name.

I pass o'er all those confessors and martyrs,
Who live like S—tt—n, or who die like Chartres,
Out-cant old Esdras, or out-drink his heir,
Out-usure Jews, or Irishmen out-swear; ,
Wicked as pages, who in early years
Act sins which Prisca's confessor scarce hears.
Ev'n those I pardon, for whose sinful sake
Schoolmen new tenements in hell must make;
Of whose strange crimes no canonist can tell
In what commandment's large contents they dwell.

One, one man only breeds my just offence; Whom crimes gave wealth, and wealth gave impudence:

And they who write to lords, rewards to get,
Are they not like singers at doors for meat?
And they who write, because all write, have stlil
That 'scuse for writing, and for writing ill.

But he is worst, who beggarly doth chaw
Other wits-fruits, and in his ravenous maw
Rankly digested, doth those things out-spoe.
As his own things; aud they're his own, 'tis true.
For if one eat my meat, though it be known
The meat was mine, the excrement's his own.

But these do me no harm, nor they which use, • ••••••• to out-usure Jews.

To out-drink the sea, t'out-swear the letanie,
Who with sins all kinds as familiar be
As confessors, and for whose sinful sake
&ctioolmea new tenements in hell must make;

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Time, that at last matures a clap to pox.

Whose gentle progress makes a calf an ox.

And brings all natural events to pass.

Hath made him an attorney of an ass.

No young divine, new-benefic'd, can be

More pert, more prond, more positive than he.

What further could I wish the fop to do,

But turn a wit, and scribble verses too t

Pierce the soft labyrinth of a lady's ear

With rhymes of this per cent, and that per year?

Or court a wife, spread out his wily parts.

Like nets or lime-twigs, for rich widows' hearts;

Call himself barrister to every wench,

And woo in language of the Pleas and Bench?

Language, which Boreas might to Austcr hold

More rough than forty Germans when they scold.

Curs'd be the wretch, so venal and so vain:
Paltry and prond, as drabs in Drury-Iane.
'Tis such a bounty as was never known,
If Peter deigns to help you to our own:

Whose strange sins canonists could hardly tell
In which commandment's large receit they dwell.

But these punish themselves. The insolence
Of Coscus, only, breeds my just offence,
Whom time (which rots all, and makes botches pox,
And plodding on, must make a calf an ox)
Hath made a lawyer; which (alas) of late;
But scarce a poet: jollier of this state,
Than are new benefic'd ministers, he throws
Like-nets or lime-twigs whereso'er he goes
His title of barrister on every wench,
And wooes in language of the Pleas and Bench. * •

• • * * * Words, words which would tear The tender labyrinth of a maid's soft ear: More, more than ten Sc lavonians scolding, more Than when winds in our ruin'd abbeys roar. Then sick with poetry, and possest with muse Thou wast, and mad I hop'd; but men which chase What thanks, what praise, if Peter but supplies!

Ami what a solemn face, if he denies!

Grave, as when prisoners shake the head and swear

Twas only suretyship that brought them there.

His office keeps your parchment fates entire,

He starves with cold to save them from the fire;

For you he walks the streets through rain or dust.

For not in chariots Peter puts his trust;

For you he sweats and labours at the laws,

Takes God to witness he affects your cause,

And lies to every lord in every thing,

Like a king's favourite—or like a king.

These are the talents that adorn them all,

From wicked Waters ev'n to godly * *

Not more of simony beneath black gowns,

Not more of bastardy in heirs to crowns.

In shillings and in pence at first they deal;

And steal so little, few perceive they steal;

Till, like the sea, they compass all the land.

From Scots to Wight, from Mount to Dover strand I

Law practice for mere gain: bold soul repute
Worse than imbrothel'd strumpets prostitute.
Now like an owl-like watchman he must walk,
His hand still at a bill; now he must talk
Idly, like prisoners, which whole months will swear,
That only sureti&hip had brought them there,
And to every suitor lye in every thing,
Like a king's favourite—or like a king.
Like a wedge in a block, wring to the barre,
Bearing like asses, and more shameless farre
Than carted whores, lye to the grave judge; for
Bastardy abounds not in king's titles, nor
Simony and sodomy in churchmen's lives.
As these things do in him; by these he thrives.
Shortly (as th' sea) he'll compass all the land,
From Scots to Wight, from Mount to Dover strand.
And spying heirs melting with luxury,
Satan will not joy at their siaa as he;

And when rank widows purchase luscious nights,

Of 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, covenants, 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 dext'rously omits sea heires:

No commentator can more slily pass

Over a learn'd unintelligible place:

Or, in qnotation, shrewd divines leave out

Those words that would against them clear the doubt.

So Luther thought the pater-noster long, When doom'd to say his beads and even-song;

For (as a thrifty wench scrapes kitchen-stuffe,
And barrelling the dropings and the snuffe
Of wasting candles, which in thirty year,
Reliquely kept, perchance bnys wedding chear)
Piecemeal he gets lands, and spends as much time
Wringing each acre, as maids pulling prime.
In parchment then, large as the fields lie draws
Assurances, big as gloss'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 first dayes
When Luther was profest, he did desire
Short pater-nosters, saying as a fryer
Bach day his beads; but having left those laws,
Adds to Christ's prayer, the power and glory clanse)
But when he sells or changes land, h' impaires
The writings, and (unwatch'd) leaves out Ks heires,
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Could not but think, to pay his fme was odd.

Since 'twas no form'd design of serving God;

So was I punish'd, as if full as proud,

As prone to ill, as negligent of good,

As deep in debt, without a thought to pay, "1

As vain, as idle, and as false, as they >

Who live at court, for going once that way! 3

Scarce was I enter'd, when, behold! there came

A thing which Adam had been pos'd to name;

Noah had refus'd it lodging in his ark,

Where all the race of reptiles might embark:

A verier monster, than on Afric's shore

The sun e'er got, or slimy Nilus bore,

Or Sloane or Woodward's wondrous shelves contain,

Nay, all that lying travellers can feign.

The watch would hardly let him pass at noon,

At night would swear him dropp'd out of the moon.

One, whom the mob, when next we find or make

A popish plot, shall for a Jesuit take,

As vain, as witless, and as false, as they
Which dwell in court, for once going that way.

Therefore I suffer'd this; towards me did run
A thing more strange, than on Nile's slime the sua
E'er bred, or all which into Noah's ark came:
A thing which would have pos'd Adam to name:
Stranger than seven antiquaries' studies,
Than Africk monsters, Guianaes rarities.
Stranger than strangers: one who, for a Dane,
In the Danes massacre had sure been slain,
If he had liv'd then; and without help dies.
When next the 'prentices 'gainst strangers rise;
One, whom the watch at noon lets scarce go by:
One, to whom th" examining justice sure would cry,
'Sir, by your priesthood, tell me what you are t

His clothes were strange, though coarse, and black, though bare, Sleeveless his jerkin was, and it had been Velvet, but'twas now, (so much ground was seen)

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