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The fields they sold to buy them. For a king

Those hose are, cries the flatterer; and bring

Them next week to the theatre to sell.

Wants reach al! states. Me seems they do as well

At stage as court. All are players; whoe'er looks

(For themselves dare not go) o'sr Cheapside books,

Shall find their wardrobe's inventory. Now

The ladies come. As pirates, which do know i 88

That there came weak ships fraught with cochineal,

The men board them, and praise (as they think) well

Their beauties; they themen's wits: both are bought.

Why good wits ne'er wear scarlet gowns I thought

This cause: these men men's wits for speeches buy,

And women buy all reds which scarlets die.

He call'd her beauty lime-twigs, her hair net:

She fears her drugs ill laid, her hair loose set.

Would n't Heraclitus laugh to see Macrine

From hat to shoe himself at door refine,

As if the presence were a Moscbite; and lift

His skirts and hose, and call his clothes to shrift, 200

Making them confess not only mortal

Great stains and holes in them, but venial

Feathers and dust, wherewith they fornicate?

And then by Durer's rules survey the state

Of his each limb, and with strings the odds tries

Of his neck to his leg, and waste to thighs.

So in immaculate clothes and symmetry

Perfect as circles* with such nicety.

3a,'. IV. SATIRES.

As a young preacher at his first time goes

To preach, he enters, and a lady, which owes

Him not so much as gocd.will, he arrests,

And unto her protests, protects, protests;

So much as at Rome would serve to 'have thrown

Ten cardinals into the Inquisition,

And whispers by Jesu so oft', that a

Pursuivant would have ravish'd him away

For saying of our Lady's psalter. Bui 'tis fit

That they each other plague; they merit it.

But here comes Glorius, that will plague them both,

Who in the other extreme only doth ua

Call a rough carelessness good fashion;

Whose cloak his spurs tear, or whom he spits on,

He cares not, he. His ill words do no harm

To him; he rushes in, as if Arm, arm,

He meant to cry; and tho' his face be a: ill

As theirs which in old hangings whip Christ, still

He strives to look worse; he keeps all in awe,

Jests like a licens'd fool, commands like law.

Tir'd, now, I leave this place, and but pleas'd so

As men from gaols to execution go; 230

Go thro' the great Chamber (why is it hung

With the seven deadly sins?) being among

Those Askaparts, men big enough to throw

Charing.crcss for a bar, men that do know

No token of worth but queen's man and line

Living, barrels of beef and iiagoi.s of wine,


I shook like a spy'd spy.. Preachers! which are

Seas of wit and arts, you.can, then dari

Drown the sins of this place; fur, for me,

Which am but a scant brook, it enough shall bo 240

To wash the stains away; altho' I yet

(With Machabee' modesty) the known merit

Of my work lessen, yet some wise men shall,

1 hope, esteem my writs canonical. 244


Thou shalt not laugh, in this leaf, Muse! nor they

Whom any pity warms. He which did lay

Rules to make courtiers, he being understood

May make good courtiers, but who courtier) good?

Frees from the sting of jests all who in extreme

Are wretched or wicked; of these two a theme,

Charity and liberty, give me. What is he

Who officers' rage and suitors' misery

Can write in jest? If all things be in all,

As.I think, since all which were, are, and shall - ia

Be, be made of the same elements,

Each thing each thing implies or represents;

Then man is a world, in which officers

Are the vast ravishing seas, and suitors

Springs, now full, now shallow, now dry, which to

That which drowns them run: these self-reasons do

Sat. P'. Satires. IJl

Prove the World a man, in which officers

Are the devouring stomach, and suitors

Th' excrements which they void. All men are dust;

How much worse are suitors, who to men's lust 20

Are made preys? 0 worse than dust or worms' meat!

For they eat you now whose selves worms shall cat.

They are the mills which grind you; yet you are

The wind which drives them; and a wasteful war

Is fought against you, and you fight it: they

Adulterate law, and you prepare the way,

Like wittals; th' issue your own ruin is.

Greatest and fairest Empress! know you this?

Alas! no more than Thames' calm head doth know

Whose meads her arms drown, or whose corn o'erflow.

You, Sir, whose righteousness she loves, whom I, 31

By having leave to serve, am most richly

For service paid authoriz'd, now begin

To know and weed out this enormous sin.

O age of rusty iron! some better wit

Call it some worse name, ifoughtequal it.

Th' Iron Age was when justice was sold; now

Injustice is sold dearer far. Allow

All claim'd fees and duties, gamesters, anon

The money which you sweat and swear for's gone 40

Into' other hands. So controverted lands

'Scape, like Angelica, the striver's hands.

If law be in the judge's heart, and he

Have no heart to resist letter Or fee,

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