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COMMENDATION OF PORTERS
there seeking for redresse and right if they haue wrong, there, they that doe transgresse haue that to them doth long.
8        If there be any one
of them, a burthen takes, and with the same be gone: their hall, the owner makes sufficient satisfaction for that that he hath lost: the theefe without redemption, out of their numbers crost.
9        It is a better order then that they had before, when as the malefactor was on a coultstaffe bore:
for th' owner tis much better, but for th' offender worse, to taste this newe made order, then ride a wooden horse.
10        That shame was soone slipt ouer, soone in obliuion drownde,
and then againe, another would in like fault be found: not caring for their credit, and trust another time, this orders therefore as a bit to hold them from that crime.
11        They that are rash, and rude, and obstinately runne
as their owne willes conclude, and cannot well be wonne to condescend, and stand to orders they haue made, by the Rulers out of hand, haue fines vppon them laide.
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