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Black-letter Broadside Ballads Of The years 1595-1639

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12        All iarres and braules are bard that mongst them might arise, first commer, first is serude, where as a burthen lyes,
if one be ready there he must his profite take: all other must forbeare and no resistance make.
13        Such as haue long bin knowen to vse this bearing trade,
and into yeares are growen, (so that their strengths decayde) they can no longer labour as they haue done before, the Companie doth succour and maintaine euermore.
14        These and a many moe good orders they haue, sure, to make rude fellowes know their stoutnesse, doth procure but their owne detriment and losse, if they could see't: and likewise to augment
their generall good, there meete.
15        For great is the number of this Societie:
and many without order can neuer setled bee; but things will be amisser as oft it hath bin knowen, the number of them is, a thousand fortie one.
16        They all mette together, most hansomely arayde,
at Christ church, to heare there a sermon, for them made.
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