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COMMENDATION OF PORTERS
3        As plainly doth appeare, by that was lately done,
for them that burthens beare,
and doe on businesse runne:
the Porters of this Cittie,
some being men of Trade,
but now the more, the more the pitty
by crosses are decayde.
4        Yet bearing honest mindes, their charge for to maintaine, as Gods command them bindes, with trauell and with paine: they all haue wisely ioynd,
for that they haue effected, their company to binde and make it more respected.
5        Now they that were before of meanest estimation,
by suite haue salude that sore, and gainde a Corporation: excludes, and shuts out many that were of base esteeme, and will not suffer any such person bide with them.
6        But such as well are knowen, and honest Acts imbrace: among them theile haue none that haue no biding place: among them theile haue none (as neare as they can finde) but such as well are knowen
to beare an honest minde.
7        For now vnto their hall
they pay their quarteridge downe, attending maisters call, and fearing maisters frowne,
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