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his own pain by
making man co-
partner in his

Eve's mind he
inspires with

catisin? iier to eat
of tlie tree of

Oriwn wise,
Adiun and Eve

After the fall of these was man compacted,

And from him sleeping woman was extracted 89 G

And made to be a kinde associat

Vnto him. Now the deviU shewes liis hate

And swelling envie 'gainst God in his creature

Formd to his image, man ; to make defeature 900

Of his estate in blisse, he doth intend

And fittest opportunity attend.

To worke this feat proud Lucifer's enioynd,

And goe[s] about it swifter then the A^inde. 904:

" Shall I," quoth he, " fall fi-om celestiall blisse

Into the horro»r of hells blacke abysse.

And man escape 1 Shall I in torment live,

And man in pleasure ] Shall I only grieve, 908

And man goe scotfree 1 iSTo, 'twill ease my paine

If in my griefe I him copartner gaine ;

And I will doe it : if my plots hit right,

I'le bring his soule vnto perpetuall night." 912

This saide, the serpents shape he takes & hies

Vnto the tree in midst of Paradise.

There findes the woman, after named Eve,

The weakest vesseU, easiest to deceave ; 916

Whose minde w/th hellish pride he straight inspirde

That she [the] trees forbidden fruit desirde ;

The tree of w7r/ch alone she might not eat,

The tree forbidden by the Lord for meat. 920

The tree of knowledge, knowledge of much evill,

She gathers straight, seduced by the devill,

"\V7//ch greedilie, w/thout advice, she tasted.

And then to give her husband of it hasted. 924

"\^^lom when she had allurde vnto her will.

And both had tasted, then they knew their ill ;

But all too late (first Plmgians^) they grew wise,

' This may refer to the Phrygian oracle which promised
empire to him who untied tlie Gordian knot, cut by Alexander
the Great. Or it may be an allusion to the low estimate in
which Phrygian character was h>dd by the ancients.

SAT. 3.]



which man
would ever have



Since this, pride
has gone on
increasing in
Adam's seed.

Some show their
pride in stately

and some in
houses built for

Eeiiig both thrust forth Edeiis Paradise ; 928 lost Paradise,

^V/^/eh hapj)}' phice man ever had possessed,

If they had never in this sorte transgressed..

Vnhappy three, first causers of out evili,

Fond man, proude woman, & accursed devill !

Since this hath pride increasd wd'th Adams seed.

And Lucifer companions shall not need ;

'Man ^\iih. soe many kindes of pride doth swell

As if he strove headlong to run to hell.

Some shew their pride in raj'sing stately bowers,
'W/^/ch seem to threatne heaven like Eabell towers ;
Building so strong, erecting them so high.
As if they ment to live eternall}'-, 940

In spite of love. Others bestow more cost
In houses built for pleasure, w/?/ch they boast
Are but for shew, then would maintaine & cherish
Thousands of poore soules -which are like to perish : 944
Confusion sure Avill light on their pretence
AVhich wast their treasure in soe vaine expence,
/L)thers there be wJiich, clad in gay attire,
In stately gate & loftie lookes, aspire 948

Above their ranke ; holding inferiors base,
Scarsely pe/'mitting equalles come in place
Of fellowship, vnlesse their peacock sutes
Gaine them admittance in their proud repi;tes. 952

0, these are men of admiration,
'Which follow each fantastique fashion,
To be observde w/th reverence & respect ;
When, if Ave could the inward man detect, 956

God knowes that I am not deceavd a Avhit,
Their gay apparrell covers litle Avitt.

Most of o«r Avomen are extreamly proud
Of their faire lookes, & therfore doe enshroud 960

Their beauties in a maske ; with greater care
Their faces then their soules, to keepen faire.
Some of this kinde Avhen beauty gins decay.

[leaf 13]

Others, in fine
clothing and
lofty looks,
aspire abo^e
theii" rank.

These follow each
vain fashion,
but their gay
apparel covers
little wit.

Most of our
wonieii are
proud— they
paint their faces.



[sat. 3.

The men curl
their pates and
wear love-looks ;
others paint their

I know one who
is ever looking ir
his glass, setting
his perfumed
heard or combing
his hair.

The fate of

Narcissus might
cure him.

[leaf 13, back]

Some delight in
hearing them-
selves speak, and
tire all men with
their chatter.

Some, like
Phaeton, .aspire
at honours far
above what they

By art restore Avhat nature takes away, 964

Painting their visage. Cursed lesabell
That taught them tliis, "will bring them all to hell.
This vice in woeman only doth not hide,
Men alsoe are infected wzth this pride. 9G8

Some curie their pates to make their lookes more fair,^
Others delight to wear a locke of haire,
A lovelocke, w/a'ch being of the longest size
Doth the lewd wearer quite effeminize. 972

Nay some w/th fucus will besmear their face,
It ads to their complexion better grace.
I knowe a snowt-faire, selfe-conceited asse,
W/r/ch is still prying in a looking glasse 976

To see his fooles face, washt Av/th ly o 'th' chamber.
And set his beard, pe?'fumde with greece of amber.
Or kembe his civet lockes, soe far in love
With his owne beauty, that I fear hee'l proove 980
Sicke With conceat ; for the which, maladie
I can prescribe no better remedy
Then wish the glasse, wherin he views his face,
A river, him to take Narcissus place, 984

So the next time he came on 's face to looke
He should be drenched in the liquid brooke.
But leaving him a courting in the glasse
His owne vaine shadowe, I this coxcome passe. 988
Others there be w/iich, selfe-conceited wise,
Take a great pride in their owne vaine surmise.
That all men think them soe ; these take delight
To hear themselves speak ; if they can recite 902

A thing scarce Avortli the hearing, they will prate
Till they tire all men Av/th their idle cliatt.
Others, ambitious like fond Phaeton,
Aspire to guide the chariot of the sunne, 996

Aiming at hono//rs far above their place.
Till by their pride they Avorke their OAvne disgrace.
' Margin worn awa}': may liaA'e heen /aire.

SAT. 3.]



Presumptuous pride in others doth remaine,

And these high loA^es almiglity power disdaine, 1000

And (like those giants) fight against the gods,

Till, Pharoah like, they scourged are w/th rods

Of dire affliction, & their hardned hearts

Ynto their guilty soule dispaire impartes. 1004

Put I too much insist in generall : —

Pride in particular must be dealt AVithall.

He that desires to breake a bunch of wandes,

Must not take all at once into his handes, 1008

But singlie, one by one ; and if he trie,

He may then break them w/th facility.

Peader, doe thou the application make.

For I to other matters me betake. 1012

Proud Pomish prelat, triple crowned Pope,
"\V7//ch vauntst of Peters heavenly keis, that ope
The dore that leads vnto celestiall bhsse ;
"\V///cli makst great princes stoope thy foote to kisse,
Emperoi^rs vpon thy stirrop to attend, 1017

"When as thou wilt thy stately horse ascend ;
Damd Antichrist, proud Lucifers first sonne,
Ambitious beast, great whore of Babilon ! 1020

Thou false vsurper of Gods regal throne.
How darst assume his hono?/r, -which, alone
]\ronarch of heaven & earth, disdaine[s] to see
Corrivals in his sacred Emperiel 1024

How darst thou take vpon thee such authority
AY/u'ch doth belong to Gods high majesty,
To forgive sinnes, to award heaven & hell
At thine owne pleasure 1 Wher didst learne to swell
With, such ambition 1 Thinkst thou Peeters chaire
Can sheild thee from Gods wrath 1 Can once impaiie
And lessen thy deserved punnishment 1
Can free thee from eternall detriment? 1032

Thinkst thou that he presumption can abide,
WA/ch did not spare his angels for their pride?

and are punished
for tlieir pre-

I have dealt long
enough with
generalities, I
come now to

The Pope makes
princes kiss his
feet, andemperors
hold his stirrup,
as Frederick
Barbarossa did
that of Alexander
III. [Coryate'8
Crudities, p. 201,
ed. 1611.]

He is a false
usurper of God's

Peter's chair can
not shield him
from God's



[sat. 3.

[leaf 14]
Madam Poppaea
is so stately that
she can neither
sit nor walk

Cloth of Arras
must be her
carpet, her horse
must be shod
with gold.

She bathes in
goats' milk.

How can the
Fates permit her
to go on un-
ptinished P

The Almighty,
who slew Herod
for his pride, will
punish her.

Lucius spends
his all to maintain
his harlot in

N"o. Tliou sbalt fiude that lie Avill vengeance take,
Sending thee headlong to the Stygian lake. 1036

Maddam Poppasa is soe stately growne
That she can neither sit nor walke alone ;
Store of attendants still must wait vpon her,
And doe obsequious homage to her honowr. 1010

The ground she thinkes vnworthy is to bear
Her precious body ; when she cloth vprear
Her selfe vpon her feet, there must be spread
Eich clothes of Arras wher she goes to tread. 1044

If she doe ride, the horse that must vpholde
So rare a burden must be shod w^'th golde.
When she intends to wash her selfe she hath
Of goats pure milck a sweet prepared bath. 1048

Musick beyond the musick of the spheares
Must still attend vpon her itching^ eares.
Her food must be Ambrosian delicates,
Dissolved pearle her drink. Impartiall fates ! 1052
How can ye suffer this lascivious Cjuean
Thus swell in pride, thus swim in pleasures streame.
And holde yowr thunder fast 1 Proud, stately dame,
"Which, more respectst thy body then thy fame, 1056
Or thy soules health, know that all working Power
W/i/ch did confound (by wormes that did devour
His cursed body) Herods lofty pride.
Will, when thou thinkst thou art most diefied, 1060
Sevearly punnish w/th confusion.
To thy soules horroe/r, this presumption. i

Lucius spends his substance & his store, /

To keep in gallant fashion his proud whore, n>- 1064
Yet al 's to litle to maintaine her pride ;
She must be coatcht, forsooth, & bravely ride.
Lackies before her charriot must run.
And she in spangled gold, clothd like the sunno, IOCS
Dazels the eyes of men, or she complaines
' MS. 'itchinff.

SAT. 3.]



lie lov'es her not, & such a man niaintaines

His h)ve in better fashion ! Then his hvnd

Must flie, for soe his niistris doth coni/ynmd, 1072

To bolster vp her pride. foolish sot,

Thus to procure thy reputations blot,

Thy states vndooing, & thy sotiles pevditiun

For 0D[e] soe base & of soe vile condition ! 107G

Dnisus, that fashion-imitating ape;' - -. ■

Delights to follow each fantastique shape ;
Every new habit of hell-hac[t]hed sinne,
Though it vndooe him, hee'l be clothM in; 1080

And jirodigally vpon every toy
Lash out his substance ; 'tis his only ioy
To see himselfe not differing in a hair
From the true stamp of a brave Cavaleer. 1084

Vain Epainnntus, selfe-admiring gull, ),

Doth speake orations, write whole i^olumes full
Of his OAvne praises. Silly, simple sotte,
Hast thou that auncient, true saide sawe forgot, 1088
That " a mans praise in his owne mouth doth stinke " 1
Or dost (foole if thou dost) absurdly think
This age such shallow pated men affords.
That will give credit to thy boasting wordes? 1092

Because in gay apparell thou art drest
Some puppet-like thou dost advaunce thy crest,
And swell in big lookes like some turkie cocke,
Eeady to burst w/th pride, & even to choake 1096

With selfe-conceit of thy perfection,
"Which is iust no we, though the infection
Of thy high leveld thoughts lets thee not see
The ougly face of thy deformity. 1100

Thou w/i'/ch thinkst Adon, that same lovely boy,
Dame Xatiires dareling, Cithereas joy,
A tannic Negro, or Barbarian IMoore,
ComparM to thy selfe, & dost adore 1104

Even thine owne beauty like some demigod,

His lands go to
minister to her

Drusus imitates
the fasliions like
an ape, and will
dress like

[leaf 14, back]
Anotlier writes
volumes of his
own praises.

and because he is
well-dressed is
bursting with

He thinks Adonis
a Ne^'ro conipai'ed
to himself.



[sat. 3.

and fancies his
gooj looks ravish
tlie eyes of all
who see him.

But he is only
like a bladder
puft up with

'Which (for on purpose tliou dost goe abroad
To shew thy selfe), thou vainely dost surmise
Doth even ravish tlie beholders eyes. 1108

l^oe wench that sees thee, but straight fals in love
With thy rare feature, & doth Avish to prove
and that one The tast of thy Anibrosian lip ; one kisse

kiss from him _ _

would be endless Froni thy mirre-breathing mouth were endless bnsse ;
But gavst thou other joyes (w/r/ch in thee lies) 1113
They would be thought 'bove ioyes of paradise.
Thou bladder full puft vp with, vanity,
Whom with my pen I prick, that ther migh[t] flie 1116
Out into open aire all windy pride.
All self-conceit ; then being repurifide,
Before the purchase of all earthly pelfe
Learn Solons saying, "Mortall, know thy selfe." 1120

iN'eotimus, why art thou growne so proud.
Instead of luno to embrace a cloud
r nothing worth 1 These hono2a's heapd vpon thee
Are but as shadowes, & will soone flie from thee. 1124
Ther is an everlasting dignity
Of greater worth and more insignity.
To be sought out, which thou shalt ne're attaine,
If pride in thy aspiring thoughts doe reigne.
Contemne not them because thy selfe art high.
Who, if the heavens had pleasd, might equally
Have rankd With thee, yet now are low in state ;
|t All men are not predestind to on[e] fate.
I' Become more humble, & cast doAvne thy looke,
li Least prides bait snare thee on the devils hooke,
And having caught thee, hale thee doAvne to hell,
With fiends in everlasting paines to dwell. 1136

For why shouldst thou be proud 'cause thou art high
In titles of renownM dignity 1
Honour 's a flower that will soon decay ;
Hono^fr 's a vapowr, quickly blowne away; 1140

And 'tis a saying held for true of all,

Another is proud
of empty honours,

and forgets that
he might have
been as low as
those whom he



Honour is a
flower, a vapour,
and is soon
blown away.


"A sudden rising hatli a sudden full." '^ -' - ''

Philarclius (w7i/cli in his amijitious niinde . i . Phiiarchus is

Devoures Avliole kingdomes) doth smale comfort finde his ow uncie is

Ti- 11 11 P 1 • T t T f 1 1 I " niarried and lias

in ms olde vncldes new-iramde married' liie, 11 -io a son,

But lesse in the male issue of his Avife.

The bastard brat (for soe he calles his cozen)

Defrauds his expectation of a dozen 1148

Of goodly lordships, "\v7/ ich. (Ms hopes were faire)

Should come to him, as the next lawfull lieire.

But now this boy, ^yhich stands as a crosse-barre

TT\dxt him & home, doth all his fortunes marre. 1152

But long he shall not soe, if figs of Spaine, who, if he Uvea,

. . will defraud liirn

Or pils of Italy 2 their force retame ; of the property

If tlier be meanes that his pretence will furder.

If ther be hands that dare enact a murder, 1156

Hee'l send his soule (wher himselfe ne're shall come)

To Abrahams bosome (mans long lookd for home).

Xor shall his aged rnckle 'scape this net,

Least if he live he doe more sonnes beget ; 11 GO

Least he more issue by this marriage have. The child and his

father must be

He shalbe wedded shortly to his grave. got rid of, and so

. . , must the wife.

But then his vnckles wile surviues, purchance

Left quick w/th childe ; & then he may goe dance 1 1 G 4

For a new living ; no, he likes not that,

She shaU be soone pact after too, that 's flat ;

Besides, her ioynture, in his heart engravde

"With duble greatnesse, by her death is savde. 11G8

Ambitious slave ! wilt make a crimsen flood

Of thy neare dearest kinsmens vitall blood, He win bathe his

11 1 iinrm-i ill hands in his

To wash thy murdrous handes ? ihmk not at all kinsmen's uiood

Vpon a deed so much vnnaturall ! 1172

Shall hope of some vain titles move thy minde.

To doe an act perpetually combinde

'With horrour of a guilty conscience [leaf is, backi

' This word seems to have been originally written marr'uirj.
^ Referring to the practice of secret poisoning.


(A most deserved & due recompence) 1176

to gain a little "Wilt tliou for purcliase of a litle land,


Wtth innocent blood distaine thj' guilty hand 1
Desist ; for murder 's an iniquity
Tiieir blood will That for iust vengcaiice vnto heaven doth crie. 1180

cry to heaven for

vengeance. And darst tliou then insist in thy invention?

Is there noe hope to alter thine intention 1
1^0 ! Thou art flesht in sinne, & dost despise
My Christian counsell ; Satan blindo[s] thine eyes. 1184
Goe forward then in this lewd preparation,
But know thou headlong runst vnto damnation.

Thus Lucifer Tlius Lucifcr, w// /cli througli ambition fell,

the inhabitants of Strives dayly to bring company to hell 1 1 88

Of each degree & sex, from every nation.
Mortals, become more wise ; make preparation
Of armes defensiue to resist this devill
W7«'ch would procure joky everlasting evill. 1192

But yon, whose vnrelenting heartes persist
In fearfull pride, will then cry, " had I Avist,"

When it Is too Yet all too late, when each his sinne shall rue ;

late men will see . Tcini-i nin/^

their error. You having yo?/r lust meed, & hell his due. 1196

Thoug[h] God awhile his punnishment delay,
A thing deferd 's not taken quite away.
But now enough of Luciferian pride,
Ther 's other vices in the world beside. 1 200

SAT. 4. J



5at[ira] 4,

[against avarice, bribery, apostasy.]


Effodiuntur opes ex imo vi.scere terra?,
Qu;e fiunt miseri causa, cibusqwe mali.

Omnia sunt auro nostrfe va;nalia Eonife,
lus, pudor, & probitas, favor & ipse deus.

Insatiate Avarice then first "began

To raigne in tlie depraved minde of man

After his fall ; & then his mother Earth,

That gave first heing to his hodies hirth, 1204

Yngracious childe, he did begin to wound,

And rend the bowels of the harmelesse ground ;

For precious metals & rare minerals^ ics

Her veines, her sinnewes, & her arteries. 1208

Among these, Golde, Dame Tellus glittering sunne,

Was with his sister Sylver, earth [s] bright moone,

Digd from the center of rich Aurimont,

Sol & his sister Phebe to confront. 1212

But for that silver golde in price doth follow,

Because from him, as Cj'iithia from Apollo,

She takes her light, & other mettals all

Are but his vassaile starres; they well may faU 1216

' The final s is ' smudged,' and the Author's comma is after
ies — thus: minerals ics, . The sense is not very clear, Init it
seems to mean. Avarice, for precious metals and minerals,
eyes (i. e. searches) her veins, &c.

Avarice soon
took possession
of man's min 1,

and induced 'i
to search the
earth for

for gold and
silver and rare

[leaf 16]



[sat. i.

He who first
sought gold was
tlie cause of
'wronging right.'

The mischiefs
which have
ensued are

Justice, oppressed
by Briberj-, has
left the earth.

Lawyers plead no
man's cause

Murder, sacrilege,
theft, lust, are all
purged by money.

Ynder his title, tlierfore I 'le expresse

Others in him, the great includes the lesse.

He that first searched the teeming earth for golde.

Now as a demigod perhaps enrolde 1220

In Fames eternal hooke, was the chief cause

Of wronging right & abrogating lawes.

For since these mines hewi[t]chd the mindes of men,

"What mischiefs haue ensude my worthlesse pen 1224

Cannot delineat, but we all can tell

The number infinitly doth excell ;

Omitting former ages & strange climes,

The vices of out nation in these times, 1228

So far excede in quality & number.

That to recite them would whole volumes cumber.

Justice, opprest by golden bribery,
Hath left the earth-stage of mortality 1232

And fled to heaven for succoz

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