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And NOTES explanatory and critical
Prebendary of Rochester and Rector of Great Riffington
IN TWO VOLUME S.
VOLUME the SECOND.
Printed for J. and R. TONS ON in the Strand.
O oft as I with state of present time
Such oddes I finde twixt those, and these which are
From the first point of his appointed fourse
And being once amiffe growes daily wourse and wourse :
For from the golden age, that first was named,
It's now at earst become a stonie one;
And men themselves, the which at first were framed
Let none then blame me, if in discipline
I do not forme them to the common line
And all men fought their owne, and none no more;
For that which all men then did vertue call,
Is now cald vice; and that which vice was hight,
Is wandred farre from where it first was pight,
For whofo lift into the heavens looke,
And eke the bull hath with his bow-bent horne
So hardly butted those two twinnes of love,
That they have crusht the crab, and quite him borne
So now all range, and doe at randon rove
Out of their proper places farre away,
And all this world with them amiffe doe move,
And all his creatures from their course astray;
Till they arrive at their last ruinous decay.