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Black-letter Broadside Ballads Of The years 1595-1639

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5   Betweene the Lawyer and
the money-begetting Mizer, Men lose both house and land,
and afterwards wish they had bin wiser: Although we haue plenty of Graine,
yet the rich make among vs a dearth, Which causeth the poore to complaine,
as though little grew on the earth, Ingrossing is growne such a trade,
that the poore haue great cause to be sad, All honesty is decay 'd,
here's an age would make a man mad.
6   One tradesman deceaueth another,
and sellers will conycatch buyers, For gaine one wil cheat his own brother,
the world's full of swearers and lyars: Men now make no conscience of oathes,
and this I may boldly say, Some Rorers doe were gallant clothes,
for which they did neuer pay: The rich shall a Saint be made,
though his life be neuer so bad, All honesty is decay d,
here's an age would make a man mad.
7   THe Taylor can neuer Hue well,
as many men plainely perceiues, Unlesse he haue gaines from hell,
or Hues vpon Cabidge leaues; O is 't not a pittifull case,
and a thing which few men beleeues ? A Taylor that will Hue in grace,
cuts out of one gowne three sleeues: Thus they must vse their Trade,
or else little meanes can be had, All honesty is decay d,
here's an age would make a man mad. 412
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