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COLLINS' CONCEIT
If none would hurt the innocent,
nor yet for money sell Anothers life, twere time well spent,
then all things should be well.
8   If bloody murthering would cease,
which doth for vengeance cry: If euery man would seeke for peace,
and Hue contentedly: If drunkennesse and gluttony,
that doth so much excell: If none would practise cruelty,
then all things should be well.
9   If Parents would instruction vse,
and youth in time correct: Would youth good counsell not refuse,
but thereto haue respect: If seruants were obedient
to those with whome they dwell,2 If they were quicke and diligent,
then all things should be well.
10 If fornication were not vs'd,
nor foule adultery: In euery place were bribes refus'd,
and partiality: If no man would his neighbour wrong
which far or neere him dwell, Nor stain their credits with his toug,
then all things should be well.
ii If scolding queanes were punished, did witches hang or burne: If bawds and whores not suffered, some had a blessed turne:
1 Text note rfuse.                 2 No comma in the text.
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