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A PASSING BELL TOLLING
11   Thinke on the fall of Ninivie And how the Israelites went awry. For usurie Jesus did defie
the Jewes, because they move me: For in Iudah none was righteous found But now in usury you abound, My plagues shall beat you to the ground,1
because you doe not love me:
12   Therefore give eare, and marke me well, The Scriptures they doe plainely tell, That greedy Carles will burne in hell,
because they still doe move me: For banqueting and belly cheare, Doth make thee man to live in feare, The poore they pinch, as doth appeare,
and yet you say you love me.
13   The Scriptures read and understand, That Christ2 did sell no lease of Land, But greedy Satan breakes the band:
that brotherlie love should move ye : Thinke well what will become of you, When you despise my Gospell true. You passe the Ninivite, Turke and Jew;
and yet you say you love me.
14   Read over Ieremy Once againe, Then shall you see these vices plaine, Your Heathenish customes are but vaine
in which you daily move me. You cog, you sweare, you foist forth lies, Against the which my Preachers cries, Amend, repent, lift up your eyes
and turne anew to love me.
15   So shall I blot out all thy sin,
If to repent you doe b[egin]. . .3
1 Text has a period.                         2 Text Chist.
3 Two stanzas and the colophon are here torn away.
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