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3   If we could learne to loue the Lord,
with an vnfayned loue, And willingly obey his Word,
as duty doth vs moue: If we would leaue our wickednesse,
wherein we doe excell, And giue our mindes to godlines,
then all things should be well.
4   If people did not goe to Church,
onely for fashion sake: If one would not another lurch,
nor yet bad courses take: If all those that seeme so pure,
would not by false weights sell, But iustly deale, we might be sure
that all things should be well.
5   If men would not, to purchase gain,
falsly themselues forsweare, Nor take the name of God in vaine,
but Hue in dread and feare: If all hypocrisie were left,
which daily doth excell: If we were not of zeale bereft,
then all things should be well.
6   If conscience were not ouerstrain'd,
for to oppresse the weake: If subtill mates were not maintain'd,
if none would promise breake: If spitefull men did not delight,
in wrangling suites to dwell: If one kept not anothers wife,
then all things should be well.
7   If no man would false witnesse bear
for lucre or for loue: If no contentious people were disquiet for to moue:
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