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THE HONEST AGE
3   And first to goe forward as now I intend,
I heare that the Broker his money will lend To any poore Neighbour his estate to amend, How well is that man that hath got such a friend.
O this is an honest age,
This is a plaine dealing age.
4   The Chandler that keepes coles and fewel to sell, Doth top heape his measure and soundly it fill, For Sope, Starch, and Candle he wayeth so well, That of his plaine dealing his neighbors can tell.
O this is an honest age, This is a plaine dealing age.
5   That Taylor doth scorne to deceiue any friend, But vnto plaine dealing his mind he doth bend, If once he were false he hath sworne to amend, No more cloth, nor silke, lace, to hell he will send.
O this is an honest age, This is a plaine dealing age.
6   The Cookes in Pye-corner deceit will not vse, In rosting meat three times their trade to abuse, They'l rather both custome and money refuse, Than vse a man falsely if that they can chuse.
O this is an honest age, This is a plaine dealing age.
7   The Tapster is willing to giue men content. To sell them full measure his humour is bent If a man score a dozen he will not repent,
Nor take of you hate for the beere which is spent O this is an honest age, This is a plaine dealing age.
8    I heare this of Bakers in sizing of bread,
Tho some think that conscience fr5 Bakers is fled Since one through the Pillery put forth his head, No more of their company will be misled.
O this is an honest age,
This is a plaine dealing age.
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