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Where Usury gets profit, and brokers beare the bel,
Oh fie vpon this deadly sinne, it sinkes the house1 to hel.
23   The man that sweepes the chimneys,
with the bunsh2 of thornes: And one his necke a trusse of poles,
tipped al with homes. With care he is not cumbred,
he liueth not in dread: For though he weares them on his pole,
some weare them one there head.
24   The Landlord with his racking rents,
turne poore men out of doore: There children goe a begging,
where they haue spent their store, I hope none is affended:
at3 that which is indited, If any be, let him go home,
and take a pen and write it.
25   Buy a trap a Mouse trap,
a tormentor4 for the fleas: The hang-man workes but halfe the day,
he Hues too much at ease. Come let vs leaue this boyes play,
and idle prittle prat, And let vs goe to nine holes,
to spurne point or to cat.
26   Oh you nimble flngured lads,
that liues vpon your wits: Take heed of Tyburne Ague, for they be daungerous fits.
1 soul C.            2 bush C.            3 with C.            4 torment C.
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