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DOWNFALL OF A CORRUPTED CONSCIENCE
But he the same hath wrong'd,
and now cast downe
the faire renowne To his knighthood that belong'd.1
9 His spurs of Knighthood then,
was from his heeles there hewen, And by the Marshals men in high disgraces throwne into the Hall, amongst them all That stood with gazing eyes. to marke and see in what degree Degraded Knighthood lies.
10   His sword, his spurres, his name,
his titles, and his state, His knighthood and his fame, which he possest so late thus all disgrac't and cleane defac't For euer claiming more, and chang'd him quite from being Knight And what he had before.
11    This Censure by command,
vpon him then was layd, That no where in this Land, of him be iustly said, or nam'd to be in his degree A iust and honest man, but one whose vaine, for greedy gaine, To shamelesse dealing ran.
1 No period in text. I48
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