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A STATUTE FOR SWEARERS
But drinke still following,
neglect your vocation; Till you haue nor meanes left,
nor habitation, You that will spend as much,
iust at one sitting; As would a weeke yours keepe
with victuals fitting, Forsake now yourfollie,
your booke cannot saue you: For if you sweare and be drunke,
the Stockes will haue you.
10 You that desire to dwell
in heauen hereafter, Must not of this deuice
make iest or laughter: But must shake off these crimes,
with much discasting, If you hope to enioy
life euerlasting. To honest men let this be
sound admonition, To bewaile their past sinnes
with sad contrition. Forsake now your follies,
your booke cannot saue you: For if you sweare and be drunke,
the Stockes will haue you.
Printed at London1 for J.T. and are to be sold at his in Smithfield.
1 Text Londondon.
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