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ANCIENT PO E M S.
to Of that false traytoure Thomas Crumwel, Now that he is set to learne to spell.
Synge trolle on away.
When fortune lokyd the in thy face,
Both plate and chalys came to thy fyft,
Both crust and crumme came thorowe thy handes,
Fyrfte when kynge Henry, God saue his grace!
Hys grace was ever of gentyll nature,
Thou dyd not remembre, false heretyke,
Thou woldyst not learne to knowe these thre ;
All they, that were of the new trycke,
Bothe facramentes and facramentalles
Of what generacyon thou were no tonge can tell,
Thou woldest neuer to vertue applye,
35 And nowe haste thou trodden thy shoo awrye.
"ver. 32.2.2. fain, or Ishmael. fez Telow the thote w Book 7.NO.1. Hunt. 3d,
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Thou myghtest have learned thy cloth to flocke
Yet faue that foule, that God hath bought,
God saue kyng Henry with all his power,
Ver. 40. Cromwell's father is generally said to have been a Blacksmith at Putney : but the author of this Ballad would infinuate that either be bimself or some of bis ancestors were Fullers by trade.
The foregoing Piece gave rise to a poetic controversy, which was carried on thro' a succesion of seven or eight Ballads written for and against Lord Cromwell. These are all preserved in the archives of the Antiquarian Society, in a large folio Colle&tion of Proclamations, &c. made in the Reigns of K. Ken. VIII. K. Edw. VI. 2. Mary. Q, Eliz. K. James 1. &c.