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A PASSING BELL TOLLING
7 Christ fasted forty daies we know, All fleshly lusts to overthrow, Though you be weak, your good will show
so shall I say you love me: But if you doe not fast and pray, The wiles of Satan will lead you away, To desolation for ever and aye,
where you no more shall move me.
8 There shall you languish still and cry, Because the truth you doe defie, For ever living and never die,
because you doe not love me: Take heed therefore of Bacchus cheare, Let Dives fall put thee in feare, Else shall you die when I appeare,
where you no more shall move me.1
9 REmember if thou Heaven wilt win, How Sodom I did sinke for sinne All saving a few that were therein, because they still did move me: I drown'd the world also before, I promised then to doe no more, If that your sins you will deplore, and turne anew to love me.
I o But if you daily me provoke,
And draw a worse plague to your yoke, Your sins deserve a greater stroke,
because you daily move me. For if that Sodome ever was, A greater Sodome now doth passe, All Christian hearts may cry alas,
if that thou [still doth move me.]2
1 Only a few words of the stanza that followed this now remain.
2 Two entire stanzas are here torn away.