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Black-letter Broadside Ballads Of The years 1595-1639

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If we did not delight to sit
in sins darke shadow Cell: If godly wisedome gouernd wit,
then all things should be well.
12   If crafty heads wold once grow scant,
which scrape and claw for gaine, The poore and needy soules that want
would not so much complaine. If trust might lye safe in his bed,
if truth might buy and sell, If double dealing once were dead,
then all things should be well.
13   If cunning Cutpurses and Theeues,
were cleane out of the way, Then some false knaues that true men grieue
should not remaine this day. If swearing were once out of vre,
that none of oathes could tell: If lyes were left, we might be sure,
that all things would be well.
14   If carry-tales, that breed debate,
were hid from Man and Wife: Then surely each man with his mate,
might lead a quiet life: If neighbors would like friends agree
and loue among vs dwell: If pride might once expelled be,
then all things should be well.
15   If Landlords would leaue racking rent,
if vsurie would cease: If we had not great male-content,
this Land might Hue in peace. If Justice would not swerue at all,
if malice would not swell: Might high aspiring climbers fall,
then all things should be well.
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