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ANCIENT PO E M S.

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Gettynge from every man his pence, As satisfaćtours for the deade.

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with our FLAYLES coulde get To kepe our house, and servauntes; That did the Freers from us fet,

And with our soules played the marchauntes :

And thus they with theyr false warrantes of our sweate have cafelye lyved,

That for fatnesse theyr belyes pantes, So greatlye have they us deceaued.

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They spared not the fatherleffe,

The carefull, nor the pore wydowe; They wolde have somewhat more or lesie,

If it above the ground did growe :

But now we husbandmen do knowe
Al their subteltye, and their false caste ;

For the lorde hath them overthrowe.
With his swete word now at the laste,

Doctor MARTIN LUTHER,

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Thou antichrift, with thy thre crownes,

Haft 'usurped kynges powers,
As having power over realmes and townes,

Whom thou oughtest to serve all houres :

Thou thinkeft by thy jugglyng colours Thou maist lykewise Gods word opprefie;

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As do the deceatful foulers,
When they theyr nettes craftelye dresse.

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Thou flatterest every prince, and lord,

Thretening poore men with swearde and fyre ; All those, that do followe Gods worde,

To make them cleve to thy desire,

Theyr bokes thou burnest in flaming fire ; Curfing with boke, bell, and candell,

Such as to reade them have desyre, Or with them are wyllynge to meddell.

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Thy false power wyl I bryng down,

Thou shalt not raygne many a yere, I shall dryve the from citye and towne,

Even with this pen that thou seyfte here :

Thou fyghtest with swerd, shylde, and speare,
But I wyll fyght with Gods worde ;
Which is

open

and cleare, That it shall brynge the under the borde *.

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