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weed of great

The sweetnesse of whose only contemplation,

The vertue of thy art doe passe, as farre

As bright Apollo doth the meanest starre. 2170

TV7zich if thou knewst, it would thee quickly teach

Another lesson, far above thy reach

Of principles in phisick : ' — that noe evill

(W^ich had it's first begin[in]g from tliQ devill)

Though good ensue tlierby, must be committed,

Yea though the ill wrth more good be requitted.

How much more then soe horrible a crime

As drunkennesse, whose putrefactions slime

Darkens the splendo? ^ •

abundance. An excellent project, follow thy designe,

And thou shalt piu'chase a rich golden mine,

And hell w/th all to boote ; — soe thou hast golde

It makes noe matter. But pe?-haps being olde, 2266

One foote already within Charons bote,

Thou thinkst it time enough to change thy cote

To a more Christian habit, if th' intend,

How vile so e're thy life have been, thine end 2270

but must lo-e his Slialbo repentant, though thou doe deferre

soul in the end. .

To the lust minute, yet thou darst aver

SAT. o.] god's mercies ARE INFINITE. 73

'Twill be sufficient. From the tlieefe o' th' crosso
Tliou dost exami^le take ; God seekes the losse 2274
Of no mans soiile ; his Sonne he thcrfore gave
The soules of sinners, soe we are all, to save.

Thou silly sott, how Avell thou canst invent Faith only can

Against thy selfo to make an argument ! 2278 admission to

Foole, Foole ! ISTot every dying man shall enter,
That saith " Lord, Lord," into the heavenly center
Of everlasting blisse ; true faith must be
The only meanes to this eternity. 2282

And how doth that but by good workes appear,
Good woorkes are true faiths handmaides, & are dear
In the Almighties eyes, though (I confesse)

!N"ot of sufficient power to release 2286 and faith shows

The soule from everlasting punnishment works.

(As papistes doe persuade by argument)
And purchase heaven. Godes mercy, not deserte
Of mortall man, can heavenly ioyes impart. 2290

But to returne to thee w/w'ch thinkst to die
In the true faith, yet livst in villanie ;

That makst account to purchase heavenly grace They who hope

At thy last hower, yet dayly sinst apace ; 2294 heaven at the

Presumpteous slave, thy error doth deceive thee, deceiUd.

And of those heavenly iocs will quite bereave thee !
For if the truth thou doe exactly scanne,
As is the life, so is the end of man. 2298

Wheras the theefs example thou dost bring,
"Who being ready, his last requiem sing

Ypou the crosse, was in that instant hower The example of

From shamcfull death to the celestiall bower 2302 cross was only t&

Of Paradise transported ; learne to knoAV [leaf 27]

That this example was indeed to shew
Gods mercy infinite, his power to save,
Though man belike to drop into his grave. 230G

The vse of this we rightly may applie
To comfort them whose huge iniquity comfort such as


are oppressed
witl> sin, and to
keep them from

Man's intelleot is
alienated and hia
body dedicated
to sin.

Nothing that
man can do will
appease God's

Glnttons, drunk-
ards, and

will appear he !br<
the Judgment
Seat of God.

Their conscience dotli oppresse, S: make them faint,

Lest black dispaire their guilty soules attaint. 2310

But as this one, so but this only one,

To keep man from such damnd presumption

As thou dost fall into, Godes word containes,

How darst thou then presume 1 Wher are thy braines 1

How is thy iudgement from truth alienated 1 2315

How is thy soule, w/n'ch should be consecrated

Vnto Godes service, dedicat to sinne,

To such presumpteous sinne 1 If thou shouldst winne

All thy Hves precious time to clear this blot, 2319

To purge thy conscience of soe foule a spot.

To wash thy sinne in true repentant teares.

Yet all thy sorrowes, all thy Christian cares

Are not sufficient to appease Godes wrath.^

Vnlesse his mercy helpe to expiate^

The foulnesse of thie crime ; w/thout his grace,

Hell shalbe thy pe?-petuall dwelling place.

And you rich gluttons, drunkardes, Epicures,
"Whom carnall sence & appetite immures
From God & goodnesse, think not (though you live
Like beast^s) that you noe strict account shall give 2330
How you have spent yowr time, consumd'e joui treasure,
Livd' brutishlie in ease, delight, & pleasure.
Yes, for each act, for every word & thought,
Before Godes high tribunal being brought, 2334

You must all answeare, yet you wilbe mute,
For jouv owne conscience will yotiv cause confute.
Then to yo»r terroz/r shall that sentence be,
"Depart ye cursed to helles miserie !" 2338

But I too long vpon this vice have staide,
Thcr 's something else of others to be saide. 2340



' So in MS.

SAT. 6.]


Sat[tm] 6.

[aGxVIXST lasciviousness.]


Vndiq?/(' squalenti scelerata libidine terra
Affluit, & templls spargitur vsqne Venus ;

Luxurians .-Etas Icena, meretrice, cinfedo
PoUuitur, moechos angulus omuis alit.

Having discoursd of sensuall gluttonie,
It followes now I speake of venerie ;
For these companions as inseperable
Are linckt together with sinnes ongly cable ; 2344

The heart of lust 's excesse in delicates,
And in this vice the soule precipitates.
Lot was first drunk, & in this drunken fit
He that incestuous sinne did straight coni??dtt. 2348
But I leave recordes of antiquity
And take me to this times iniquity.
Lust, as a poyson that infects the blood,
Boyles in the veines of man ; the raging floud 2352
Of Neptunes kingdome, when th' impetuous might
Of the fierce winder doth make it seem to fight
W/th monstrous billowes 'gainst the loftie cloud,
Is calmer then the sea of lust, though loud 2356

Ynto the eare of sence, & is more safe ;
For this can only drownc the worser hafe

Excess of
delicates is the
heart of lust.

Lot was drank
when he sinned.

[leaf 27, back]

Now lust as a
poison infects the



[sat. 6.

and if ever a
nation were
defiled it is
our own.

Both sexes and
all ages are given
to this sin.

Popish priests
are guilty not-
their vows.

One country
p irson keeps
his whore,

while another
defiles liis
neighbour's wife,

Of man, tlie bodie ; but lustes ocean

O'rewbelms both soule & body; yet fond man 23G0

Riinnes in this gulfe of sinne without all stay,

And wilfully dotli cast himselfe away.

If ever age or nation ^viih this crime
Were beastiallie defilde, now is the time, 2364

And ours that nation, whose libidinous heat,
Whose fire of brutish lust, is growne soe great
That it doth threaten with proud Phaeton
To give the world a new combustion. 2368

Both sexes, each degree, both young & olde,
Themselves vnto this filthy sinne have solde ;
Yea, even the tribe of Levie (wJiich. should be
The mirroz/rs of vnspotted chastety) 2372

Are slaves to lust ! I speake not this alone
Of Popish priestec

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