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16   If rash and hasty people would
to patience giue place: If wrath were left, a number would
not be so void of grace: If hatred were abandoned,
were enuie driuen to Hell: If Idlenesse were punished,
then all things should be well.
17   If deedes of charity were vs'd,1
if poore men were not proud, If Officers were not abus'd,
if dice were not allow'd: If Lawyers would not suits prolong,
but to their Clients tell How cases stand, if right or wrong,
then all things should be well.
18    If flattering pick-thanks were expeld
out of the Common-wealth: If men a moderate dyet held,
they might Hue long in health: If hel-bred couetousnesse and pride
did not amongst vs dwell: If rich men were not mercilesse,
then all things should be well.
19   If poore mens states were pittied,
which doe in prison lye: If sick folke were much comforted,
in their necessitie: If Trades-men did not vse deceit,
if fraud did not excell: Did wicked men practise no sleights,
then all things should be well.
1 Text has a period.
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