I Have read over this Booke of fourty nine Chapters, entituled, The Merchant di­stressed his Observations: and finde the matter honest peacefull Truth, the Practice such as may serve for premonition and ex­ample fit to be publique in Print.

Io: Langley.


AND The Prisoners comfort in distresse.

When he was a prisoner in London, in Chap. 49. the Reader may take notice of,

  • I. His Observations of many passages in prison, during his being there.
  • II. The severall humours and carriages of his fellow Prisoners.
  • III. His advice to them, and to some of his and their kin, and unkind friends.
  • IV. Gods singular care and providence over all distressed prisoners, that put their trust in him in all afflictions.
PSAL. 94. 19.
In the multitude of my thoughts within me, thy comforts delight my soule.

Written by William Bagwell Merchant.

LONDON, Printed for Richard Wodenothe, at the Star under Peters Church in Cornhill. 1645.

To the VVorshipfull William Barkeley, Alderman of London, and one of the Commissioners for the receipt of Customes.

Worthy Sir:

I Have in my troubles (among other things) observed that when the LordJob 12. 5. deprives a man of the superfluous things of this life, Lam. 3. 2. and brings him into distresse,Pro. 19. 7. his friends and acquaintance are then wanting unto him, Psal. 38. 11. they stand aloofe,Job 10. 1. and leave him to him­selfe, being (in their opinions) in so miserable a state and condition;Deut. 8. 5. this is the usuall man­ner of Gods dealing with those whom he loves, for by this means,2 Cor. 4. 16. though the outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. But when the Lord is graciously pleased to Jonah. 4. 6. deliver the party afflicted from his griefe,Psal. 90. 15. he is exceeding glad, and then hisJob 42. 11. friends and acquaintance rejoyce with him, and ex­presse their love and affections towards him in a bountifull manner:Psal. 116. 5, 6. this have I (through Gods goodnesse) knowne by experience, espe­cially these latter times:Psal. 5. 12. for many are the courtesies which I have received from divers [Page] friends,1 Cor. 16. 18 the which I shall ever acknowledge. But the truth is, the continuance ofPsal. 112. 5. your great favours, is such a happinesse to me, as I must needs confesse you are to me more like a Job 29. 16. father then a friend or master. And there­fore an so much the more obliged unto you. Pro. 18. 24. In testimony thereof, and of the true love and service I owe you, I humbly dedicate to you these first fruits of my poore endeavours, gathered in my aforesaid troubles, (when I wasJer. 32. 2. shut up in a miserable place from the delights of the world) out ofCant. 5. 1. the spirituall garden of Gods Word; wherefore my hope is you willPsal. 119. 103. relish them so much the better, and vouchsafe them your kinde acceptance, though published by so weake an Instrument as my selfe, whose further endeavours (not­withstanding) shall be to doe somewhat more some other way, that may conduce to the pub­lique welfare, as God (theJam. 1. 5. 17. liberal giver of al good gifts) shall enable me: To whom I com­mit both you and all yours, and remaine,

Your Worships most humble servant, William Bagwell.

The Epistle to the courteous Reader.

IT is not unknowne to many, how that of late years IEccles 2. 24. enjoyed the blessings of this life with much com­fort, and how I then lived in good credit, being much respected of friends and kindred whoPsal. 55. 14. de­lighted in my company, and many were as glad to receive courtesies from me, as I was willing to bestow them.Pro. 23. 24. But this lasted not long, for after a whileJob 3. 26. I fell into many troubles, and thenPsal. 107. 27. I lost my selfe,Job 19. 14. and my friends, I lost myPro. 23. 5. estate, myPsal. 7. 5. credit, andRev. 18. 17. trading, and after that to make up the Tragedy, I lost my liberty, beingMat. 18. 30. cast into prison for a small debt, which I was not able to pay, and being there a while (1 Sam 30. 4. at the center of all my trou­bles and miseries)Psal 69 20. destitute of all outward comforts, did then begin to thinkePsal. 39. 5. of the vanities of the world,Eccles 2. 17. andPsal. 25. 1. lifting up my soule to God,Psal. 37 4. desired him to give me some inward comfort, which was not in vaine, for beingPro. 3. 6. directed by him, I foundRom. 12. 12. patience,2 Cor. 1. 12. and peace of conscience: I foundHeb. 13. 5. contentment,and 10. 24. love andJob 10. 12. fa­vour, I foundJam. 1. 2. joy of heart,Eph. 4. 23. and liberty of minde, so that at length moe thoughtPhil. 3. 8. I found a great deale more then I lost, all which by a diligenceJohn 5. 39. search I found out of Gods Word the holy Bible, which was the onely Booke I had (for in my necessities I was forced to pawne and sell away all my other books) WhereforeActs 17. 11. I applying my self wholly thereunto, found therein such2 Tim. 3. 16. variety of matter [Page] (Psal. 119. 9 [...]. 143. wherewith my soule was so delighted) that I could not be quiet in my mind untill I had set up a new trade, (for, for want of other imployment I was fain to turne Poet) and although I was veryHeb. 5. 13. unskilfull therein, being but a1 Pet. 2. 2. new beginner) yet my endeavours were not wanting to give the best content I could to all my customers both at home and abroad. Yet notwithstanding all this, in regard I could not procure so much as would discharge my chamber rent, I was threatned by my Landlord (the Master of the Prison) to be turned out of my lodging and put into aAct. 5. 18. worse place in the same prison, which did in some sort trouble my minde, because I knew not how to prevent it. But whilest I was musing with my selfe how I shouldJer. 37▪ 20. be able to endure that misery,Jer. 38▪ 8, 9. the Lord rai­sed me up a friend in another Kingdome,Jer. 38. 13. by whose meanes I was forthwith delivered out of that distresse, and set at liberty.

Since which time till now of late I was not resolved to publish these the first fruits of my poore endeavours: but being thereunto moved by some friends, and conside­ring Rom. 15. 4. the substance thereof drawne from the holy Scrip­tures so agreeable to each circumstance, I could not but conceive them worthy of acceptance, and the rather be­cause peopleAct. 13. 26. of all sorts, whether they be young or old, male or female, rich or poore, whether they live in pro­sperity or adversity, whether they bee sicke or in health, they may observe and sucke some sweetnesse out of them, although they seeme to be never so plaine, I know they [Page] are2 Cor. 3. 12. very plaine, and therefore may peradventure bee by some curious wits the lesse regarded, but those who are ofPsal 34. 2. an humble spirit, will like them never a whit the worse for that, but rather conclude and say (according to the old Proverbe) that plaine dealing is a jewell, and make good use thereof1 Cor. 10. 31 to Gods glory, and theirPsal. 119. 50 owne comfort.

To conclude:2 Chron. 33. 12, 13. The Prison was the best Schoole that ever I went to, andMat. 22. 16. he that taught me, the best Master that ever taught, the booke I learned in2 Tim. 3. 15. the best booke that ever was read, the lesson I learned out of that book, Phil. 4. 11. the best lesson that ever I learned, and the time I spent there2 Chron. 33. 12, 13. the best time that ever I spent. An accompt of all which I have briefly and plainly set downe in the en­suing particular directions contained in this small Vo­lume, which I humbly present to all those thatPro. 2. 3, 4, 5. desire the knowledge ofPsal. 119. 162 Gods word, the onelyPsal 9. 9. refuge for the distressed and afflicted, and chiefest joy andPsal. 119. 16 delight to those that are in prosperity, who count themselves but Psal. 119. 19 Heb. 11. 13.strangers in this world, setting little by the things of greatest price (they enjoy here) in comparison of those Luke 12. 33. heavenly treasures above which are not seene.

Now although it bee but a littleLuke 11. 33. candle (which I thought not good to keepe secret any longer) yet it giveth so much light as the Reader may thereby see and observe that this worke is none of mine, the maine substance and matter is Gods owne word. In the labour of dispo­sing and ordering them, I have used my best skill, and if [Page] you please to accept of them, I shall then thinke my time well spent for the good of others as well as my selfe: De­siring the Lord to blesse and prosper all our good endea­vours, that we mayActs 23 1. so live in his feare, andJohn 15. 8. glorifie him in this life, as we may hereafterRom. 14. 8. dye in his favour, and beRom. 8. 16, 17. glorified of him in the world to come. Amen.

Yours in all true loving and Christian affection, William Bagwell.

The Preface.
To all Christian people distressed and afflicted in what kinde soever.

ALL men naturallyPro. 30. 8. desire to live peaceably, conten­tedly, and to be freed from all manner ofPsal. 143. 11. troubles, afflictions and distresses (Pro. 15. 10. which are so grievous to the senses,) but this happeneth to none,Job 5. 7. for every one have their crosses in some kinde or other, or at one time or other, inPsal. 38. 3. body orGen. 26. 35. mind, orJob 6. 2. both,Psal. 144. 7. either in the having of that which they desire not, or in theJam. 4. 2. want of that which they de­sire, Eccles 9. 2. all which is common both to thePsal. 34. 19. good and to the & 32. 10. bad, for who can say that his body hath beene alwayes freed fromMat. 9. 35. sicknesse, his soule fromPsal. 13. 2. sorrow, his person fromHeb. 11. 36. imprisonment or other inconveniences, his state from Psal. 69. 29. poverty, or his name from& 119. 22. contempt, &c? Or what man (though heEccles 5. 10. enjoy the outward blessings of this life) can say Eccles 4. 8. his minde is satisfied and contented therewith, or that he is free fromJer. 6. 13. covetousnesse,Esther 6. 7. 8. 9. ambition,Esay 39. 2. vain-glory,2 Tim. 3. 2. selfe-conceit,Pro. 20. 6. or some other such likeCol. 3. 5. inordinate affections of the minde, with the which heEsth. 5. 9. 13. afflicteth himselfe,Eccles 6. 2. and is an evill disease? The other (happening by Gods providence to those thatPsal. 103. 7. are acquainted with his wayes)Heb. 12. 6. are evident signes of Gods love towards them, which is the reason1 Sam. 3. 18. they submit themselves so willingly to undergoe them, knowing thatPsal. 119. 71 they are the seed, the occasion, the matter of well do­ing, Rom. 5. 3, 4, 5 and the discoverers of many excellent vertues which are not seene in themDeut. 6. 10, 11, 12. whilest they live in prosperity: And therefore althoughDan. 9. 16. adversity be the punishment of sin, yet Acts 28. 4. God in punishing of men doth not alwayesJohn 9. 3. respect sinne, whereforeLuke 13. 2, 3, 4, 5. they judge rashly which either doe not wait for theJob 42. 12. end, or doe judge andJam. 2. 2, 3, 4 esteeme of men according to prosperity or adversity. But when menJob 29 7, 8. that have lived in good reputation and creditJob 30. 11. are once fallen into trouble and [Page] misery,Psal. 88 18. then their beloved friends and acquaintance fall a­way from them, andJob 14. 13. the morePsal. 32. 4. heavie Gods hand is upon them, the moreJob 16. 2. they neglect andPsal. 22. 6. despise them, but when they find by experiencePsal. 60. 11. the helplesnesse of earthly things, they are then weaned1 Joh. 2. 15. from the love of the world, and kept fromZeph. 2. 15. living carelesly,Hos. 5. 15. they draw the nearer to God, know­ing thatHeb. 12. 7. they are tokens and pledges of their adoption. And considering with themselves that theirJob 5. 6, 7. afflictions come not unto them by chance,1 Thes. 3. 3. but from Gods decree and appoint­ment, and that theRev. 2 10. continuance andJer. 46. 28. measure of them is appointed by him, they then neverPsal. 11 [...] 6. stand much upon the malice of men, orRev. 2. 10. rage of Divels, butPsal. 5. 3. looke up principal­ly to him with thisDan 3. 17. assurance, that hee will deliver them Jer. 30. 11. when his measure is full,2 Pet. 2. 9. in good time. In the meane while, theirHeb. 11. 17. faith,Jam. 5. 11. patience,2 Chr. 33. 12. humility,Heb. 11. 8. obedience, and such like noblePhil. 4. 8, 9. vertues are set a worke, andJohn 15. 8. God in them 1 Pet. 4. 14. glorified.

But few men have this great gift & priviledge toJam. 1. 12. suffer af­flictions patiently. EveryJob 1. 9, 10. hypocrite will serve God whilest he prospereth and blesseth him,1 Sam. 28. 15 but when he falls into trou­bles he is then led by the divel to impatiency,Pro. 19 3. fretting,Ex. 15. 23, 24 mur­muring, Psal. 59. 15. grudging,Esay 57. 17. frowardnesse,1 Sam. 18. 20 and most painfull pen­sivenesse, Esay 9. 1. all which doe vexe him more by many degrees, then the troubles themselves, and when heEsay 65. 14. cries for helpe, it is either paine orFx. 10. 16, 17 feare that causeth him so to doe, so that Jer. 6. 10. he cannot rest upon Gods word withJer. 16. 5. peace. The childe of GodJob 3. 3. 20. may likewise beJer. 20. 14. &c very impatient in his afflictions, & utterJob 30. 21. dangerous speeches, by which means he may for a time haveGen. 37. 35. no comfort in trouble, butJohn 14. 18. God leaves him not so to himselfe always comfortlesse, but hath a time toPsal. 39. 13. reco­ver himselfe againe, andPsal. 118. 21 then he praiseth the Lord who often timesPsal. 89 31, 32 inflicteth upon his children temporall afflicti­ons, 2 Cor. 4. 17. that hee may deliver them from eternall destruction. And herein doth the wisedome andPsal. 27. 13. goodnesse of God ap­peare, for2 Cor. 1. 8, 9. by afflictions we come to the knowledge of our selves, and reposeMic. 7. 5. no confidence in any creature, and like­wise [Page] wise to the2 Chr. 33. 13 knowledge of God, reposing all2 Sam. 22. 3. Nah. 1. 7. trust and con­fidence in him, and thusPsal. 119. 71. affliction begetteth understanding in those that are afflicted, in so much that theMar. 8. 34, 35 crosse is to the children of God mercy, andMat. 10. 39. losse is gaine,Phil. 3. 7. afflictions are their schooling, andPsal. 31. 7. adversity their best Universitie, by which they learne how toPro. 4. 14, 15. avoid the dangerousMat 7. 13. broad way of the wicked of this1 John 2. 16. world, which is soEccles 2. 8. pleasing to flesh and bloud, and are turned into theMat. 22. 16. Pro. 15. 24. right way to heaven, which in regard of itsMat. 7. 14: narrownesse and straitnesse, so few desire to walke therein. This beingPsal. 50. 22. considered, there are none able to goe through thePsal. 86. 17. troubles and crosses of this life with comfort,Mar. 3. 34. but such as utterly mistrusting1 Cor. 10. 12 their owne assurednesse andPsal. 146. 3. all worldly ayd and helpe of man, & 37 7. doe wholly depend uponPsal. 62. 2. Gods defence. But there are some which complaine of thePsal. 13. 1. tediousnesse of their afflicti­ons, because they are afflicted almostGen. 47. 9. all the dayes of their lives even to the very death. To suchEsay 41. 10. God will testifie his holy presence another, way namely by1 Cor. 10. 13 giving the distres­sed parties power and strength to beare their afflictions. But how can we2 Cor. 4 17. count our afflictions so tedious and long,Job 14. 1. see­ing our lives are so short? howsoeverNeh. 1. 3. let them be never so great and tedious, they areEzra 9. 13. far inferiour to our sinnes; yet every man by naturePsal. 40. 17. & 69. 17. desires Gods ready helpe in his neces­sities and troubles, but few attain unto it, because theyMat. 30. 31. want faith to beleeve it,Mar. 11. 24. prayer to obtaine it, and2 King. 6. 33 patience to wait for it. But on the contrary, if theyJames 5. 11. endure their affli­ctions quietly,Psal. 13 5. trust in Gods mercies firmly,Esay 40. 31. and tarry his good pleasure obediently, then although they seeme to bee Psal. 57 3. swallowed up in misery, they shall findePsal. 46. 1. the Lord ready at hand to deliver them. Now2 Cor. 4. 8. howsoever the child of God be afflicted he shall findePsal. 23. 4. many comforts therein, in regard they are like unto aEsay 25. 4. storme that commeth and goeth. Let no man therefore that is afflictedEsay 41. 11. struggle under Gods hand, for then it will be the worse for him, forJer. 50▪ 24. there is no striving or wrastling with himExod. 32. 10, 11, 14. but byGen. 32. 9, 10. 11. prayer: hee there­fore [Page] that withCol. 1. 11. pleasure and joy endures adversityRom. 8. 36. for Christs sake, may thinke he hath found theLuke 17. 21. Kingdome of Heaven here on earth,Psal. 149. 4. and God will delight in him.Cant. 7. 6. For as the fish is sweetest that lives in the saltest waters,Psal. 72. 14. so thosePsal. 49. 8. soules are most precious unto Christ who are mostHeb. 12. 11. exercised andHeb. 12. 6. afflict­ed with his Crosse.

Thine in Christ. W. B.


The Quotations in the Margent (which serve for Proofes, Reasons, Examples, or things pertinent to the sense of each particular) are taken

First out of the Bookes of the Canonicall Scripture, the Old and New Testament.

1. The Old Testament.

GEnesis. Exodus. Leviticus. Numbers. Deuteronomie. Io­shua. Iudges. Ruth. 1 Samuel. 2 Samuel. 1 Kings. 2 Kings. 1 Chronicles. 2 Chronicles. Ezra. Nehemiah. Esther. Iob. Psalmes. Proverbs. Ecclesiastes. The Song of Salomon. Isaiah. Ieremiah. Lamentations. Ezekiel. Daniel. Hosea. Ioel. Amos. Obadiab. Ionah. Micah. Nahum. Habakkuk. Zephaniah. Hag­gal. Zechariah. Malachy.

II. The New Testament.

MAtthew. Marke. Luke. Iohn. Acts. Romanes. 1 Corin­thians. 2 Corinthians. Galatians. Ephesians. Philippi­ans. Colossians. 1 Thessalonians. 2 Thessalonians. 1 Timothy. 2 Timothy. Titus. Phileman. Hebrewes. Iames. 1 Peter. 2 Pe­ter. 1 Iohn. 2 Iohn. 3 Iohn. Iude. Revelations.

Secondly, out of the Bookes called Apochrypha.

1 ESdras. 2 Esdras. Tobit. Iudeth. The rest of Esther. Wise­dome. Ecclesiasticus. Baruch. The Song of the three Chil­dren. Susanna. The Idol Bel and the Dragon. The Prayer of Manasseh. 1 Maccabees. 2 Maccabees.

The Contents of this Booke. The Prisoner

To his fellow-prisoners.
  • TO the comfortlesse prisoner. pag. 1
  • To the prisoner that lay sick a bed. 3
  • To the Sea man, a prisoner. 6
  • To the stranger, a prisoner. 7
  • To the faint-hearted prisoner. 8
  • To the Scholler a prisoner. 12
  • To an ancient man a prisoner, exceedingly oppressed with sorrow upon sorrow. 15
  • To the men which were prisoners in the hole. 21
  • To the prodigall young man, a prisoner. 28
  • To the prisoners called by the name of Rats which are debauched men, taken at unlaw­full houres in the night by the Watch, and brought into prison. 31
  • To the Carrier, a prisoner. 34
  • To the Card player, a prisoner. 40
  • To the Papist, a prisoner. 43
  • To the Captaine, a prisoner. 54
  • To the Merchant, a prisoner. 60
  • To the merry man, a prisoner. 63
  • To an old man, a prisoner. 68
  • To the women which were prisoners in the Hole. 69
  • To the impatient prisoner. 73
  • To the unruly young man, a prisoner. 88
  • To the prisoners called by the name of Mice, which are light huswives taken at un­lawfull houres in the night, and brought to prison. 90
  • To the prisoner that was to bee discharged and set at liberty. 99
  • To the carelesse man, a prisoner. 102
  • To the rich man, a prisoner. 104
  • To the idle man, a prisoner. 105
  • To the dissembling hypocrite, a prisoner. 108
  • To his chamber fellows and others distres­sed prisoners of the Knights Ward, which were there shut up of the plague. 112
To others, not prisoners.
  • TO the cruell Creditor. pag. 1
  • To him that betrayed the prisoner into his adversaries hands. 4
  • To his Sonne. 10
  • To his eldest Daughter. 17
  • To the creditor that domineer'd over his poore debtor in prison. 20
  • To his youngest Daughter. 25
  • To the master of the Tap-house. 39
  • To his Brother. 51
  • To the mercifull Creditor. 53
  • To the master of the prison. 58
  • To a worthy charitable Knight. 64
  • To an ancient Maid, a true-hearted friend, that was mindfull of him in his troubles. 66
  • To his intimate friend, a divine Lawyer. 67
  • To a prisoners wife of a refractory conditi­on. 74
  • To his owne dejected comfortlesse wife. 77
  • To his Maid servant. 83
  • To his Mother. 94
  • To those that come to visit their friends in prison. 100
  • To the Commissioners appointed by his Majestie for the reliefe of poore prisoners. 110
  • The prisoner at liberty, his thankful remem­brance of Gods great mercies towards him in his manifold deliverances out of many great dangers and troubles to this present. 114
  • To his good friend (beyond Sea) that gave order to his friend to see him set at liberty. 117
  • To a carefull friend that discharged the trust committed to him (by his friend) in seeing the prisoner freed out of prison. 118


To the comfortlesse Prisoner.

BE not
Esay 41. 10
dismay'd, thou that art lodged here:
What need'st thou care, if thy
Pro. 15. 15.
conscience be cleer?
Ecclus. 14. 2. Acts 24. 16.
2 King 4. 1.
Creditors perhaps may be unkinde:
What though? fear not, but bear an
Psal. 15. 2.
honest minde.
Heb. 13. 18.
Psal. 88. 18.
Thy friends and thine acquaintaince may neglect thee:
Ecclus. 6. 12.
What though? be
Jam. 5. 11.
patient, God will not
2 Chro. 33. 12. 13
forget thee.
Ps. 9. 18.
Acts 12. 6.
The Prison doubtlesse is a place of care:
What though? rejoyce,
Gen. 39. 21
for God is with thee there.
Gen. 40. 14
Use lawfull meanes,
Psal. 37. 5.
and on God still depend:
Ps 71. 20. 21.
Hee'll quickly bring thy troubles to an end.
Luk. 18. 8.
Psal. 31. 2.

To the cruell Creditor.

WHy is thy minde so bent to
Mat. 18. 28.
Ps. 71. 4. Pro. 11. 17.
Against thy poore Debtor, which here doth lie?
[Page 2]
a King. 4. 1.
Is it thy debt thou would'st have him to pay?
Mat. 18. 25. &
he can't, the
v. 30.
prison's not the way.
What is't, his
Psal. 27. 2.
flesh thou then would'st have alone?
Micah 3. 2.
Job 19. 26.
wormes must needs have that to feed upon.
What is it then, his
Micah 3. 3.
bones thou would'st faine have?
That cannot be,
Josh. 24. 32. 2 Sam. 21. 14.
they must goe to the grave.
What would'st thou doe with them? make dice to sell?
Or with them play away thy soule to hell?
As for his soule, surely thou canst not have it;
For that must needs
Eccles. 12. 7.
returne to God that gave it.
Mat. 6. 15.
Dost thou by this course ever thinke to thrive,
Psal. 31. 12
To bury thy poore debtor here alive?
Mat. 18. 12
Ten thousand talents to the Lord thou ow'st,
And yet hee's
Mat. 18. 27.
mercifull to thee thou know'st.
Pro. 21 13. Job. 19. 21.
And hast thou no pittie on him in thrall,
That owes thee but
Mat. 18. 28.
an hundred pence in all?
Mat. 18. 32 33.
If God should deale with thee, as thou with him,
In what great
v. 34.
misery then wouldst thou be in?
What if in this case God should take away
Luk. 12. 20
Thy soule, and call thee to accompt this day?
Rom. 2. 15. 16.
Thy guilty conscience then would soone accuse thee:
Mat 25. 43
And for thy crueltie Christ would refuse thee.
Mat. 18. 34.
Then into hell that
Luk. 16. 26.
gulfe of miserie,
Rev. 20. 10.
Thou should'st be cast to live eternally,
Psal. 9. 17.
In wofull torments, where
Rev. 14. 11.
no rest is found,
And where all such as thou art, are
Mat. 22. 13.
fast bound.
Rev. 20. 2. 3.
Wherefore if thou those judgements would'st prevent,
Mat. 5 7.
mercifull, kinde, loving, and
Rom. 12. 10
Act. 26. 20
Discharge thy poore debtor out of this place,
Heb. 13. 3.
As thou would'st be discharg'd being in his case.
Luk. 6. 31.
Then God will mollifie thy stony heart.
Ezek. 36. 26.
And likewise blesse thee wheresoe're thou art,

To the Prisoner that lay sick upon his bed.

Gen. 40 14
Prison of it selfe is tedious to thee,
Psal. 6. 2.
But sicknesse therewithall may quite undoe thee.
Ecclus. 30. 17.
Where art thou sick, in body or in minde?
Or art thou griev'd
Ecclus. 22. 21, 22. & 12. 9.
because friends are unkinde?
Art not thou sick and pained at the
Pro. 13. 12.
Ecclus. 38. 10. Psal. 55. 4.
Because thou
Esay 24. 22.
canst not from this place depart?
Thinke with thy selfe, that thy
Psal. 107. 17, 18.
sins are the cause
Ecclus. 38. 15.
Of thy disease, by the breach of Gods lawes.
Psal. 6. 3.
Now is thy soule wounded with mortall sinne?
Psal. 109. 22.
Hos. 10. 12
Oh then 'tis high time for thee to begin
Lam. 3. 40.
To looke into thy selfe, and thy condition,
To see what need thou hast of the Physition,
I meane the great
Mat. 9. 2.
Physition of thy soul,
Which is thy Saviour Christ, who doth controll
Mat. 28. 18.
All things in heaven above, and earth below,
Mat. 9. 6.
Hee'll cure thy body and thy soule also
Mat. 4. 23.
Of all diseases, if thou him intreat,
And likewise give thee
John 6. 51.
heavenly food to ear,
Joh. 6. 54. 58. Psal. 56. 13. Esay 55. 2. 3.
Whereby thy soule shall live, and be quite freed
Of all diseases; for 'tis so decreed.
Luk. 8. 43.
Earthly Physitians will not undertake
Physick to give, but for thy moneyes sake;
Unlesse thou give them Angells of pure gold,
They'll not come neere thee, be thou young or old:
But when
Mar. 2. 17.
Christ thy Physitian takes in hand
To cure thy poore sick soule, then understand
Hee'll not then only take away thy paine,
But cause his
Ps. 91. 11.
Angells with thee to remaine:
Though thou restrained art, yet they are
Psal. 34. 7.
To come both day and night to visit thee.
[Page 4] Wherefore receive from God this chastisement
Ps. 116. 17.
thankfull heart, and therewith be content.
Act. 16. 25. 26.
And then this prison shall not thee annoy,
But be a pallace to thee day by day.
Jer. 38. 13
Out of which place the Lord will thee deliver,
Pro. 11. 8.
And take thee up to live with him for ever.

To him that betrayed the Prisoner into his Adversaries hands.

WHat trade art thou, oh Traitor! canst thou tell?
Is it thy occupation now to sell
Thy friend to one that meanes him to oppresse,
And lay him up to live in great distresse?
Psal. 55. 13, 14. Pro. 26. 25.
Thou cam'st unto him, and didst speake him faire,
Which made him often unto thee repaire,
Psal. 41. 9.
Because he did beleeve what thou didst say,
Not thinking then that thou would'st him betray:
Mat. 26. 15, 16.
But when thou hadst fit opportunitie,
Thou him deliver'dst to his enemie:
Who keepes him fast in prison like a slave,
Which, thou art to be blam'd for like a knave.
Mat. 26. 16
But tell me, Traitor, how didst thou him sell?
For a French Crown, a Noble, or Angell?
Doubtlesse thy Chapman gave thee more for him
Then ere hee's like to get of him agin.
But why hast thou thy friend sold for a song
Which to another justly doth belong?
The bargaine thou hast made must needs be voyd,
1 Cor. 6. 20
For Christ bought him before, and for him paid.
Wherefore thy Chapman cannot keep him long,
Although he hath him in a place so strong.
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Gal. 4. 31.
He shall be free,
Ps. 69. 33.
for Christ doth him regard,
Psal. 55. 23.
And for thy treacherie hee'll thee reward.
Mat. 16. 27.
Take thou example by Iudas thy Brother,
Mat. 26. 24, 25.
Who for treacherie did exceed all other;
Mat. 26. 25 &
His Master he betray'd, who was a
27. 29.
And thou thy friend betray'dst for a small thing.
Iudas was punisht, and so shalt thou be;
For thou a Traitor art as well as he:
Mat. 27. 3, 4.
Yet he confess'd his fault, and did restore
The money back, which he receiv'd before,
To doe the deed about the which he went;
Which having done, he then seem'd to
Mat. 27. 4.
Yet for all that, he being voyd of grace,
Mat. 27. 5. Acts 1. 18.
Dy'd in despaire in a most wofull case.
Let me advise thee, be like him in this,
Confesse, restore, repent; 'tis not amisse:
But doe not
Mat. 27. 5.
hang thy selfe, as Iudas did,
Acts 16. 27 28.
Because such things thou know'st God doth forbid.
But give over thy trade of treacherie,
Acts 8. 22
And call to God for grace before thou die,
Heb. 13. 18
That thou may'st as an honest man here live,
Untill thy soule to God thou dost up give.
Rev. 22. 14. 2 Tim. 2. 12.
Heaven is the place where faithfull men shall raigne,
Rev. 21. 27.
Which place no lying traitor shall obtaine.

To the Sea-man, a Prisoner:

THou Sea-man, that art subject to the weather,
Tell me what winde it was that brought thee hither?
Who was thy Pilot, that had so much skill
To bring thee to this port, against thy will?
The Serjeants are the Pilots for this Bay:
Without the Compasse they can finde the way.
[Page 6] Doubtlesse 'twas some of them that did thee guide
Unto this Haven, where thou must abide.
Thy sailes are down, and now thine Anchor's cast,
And hence thou canst not budge, thou art so fast.
Though winde and tide doe serve, yet hast thou lost
Thy voyage for this time, to thy great cost.
Now when thou shalt depart, thou dost not know,
For till thy peace be made, thou canst not goe.
Whilst thou art here, I wish thee to consider
Ps. 146. 7.
Who 'tis that must thee from this place deliver.
It is the Lord, whose
Psal. 107. 23, 24.
wonders thou hast seen,
In the
Esay. 51. 10
deep Sea, where thou hast often been
Psal. 107. 25. 26. Acts 27. 18.
Toss'd with the waves in stormes and tempests great;
Jonah 1. 4.
raging waves against the Ship did beat,
Act. 27. 20.
Insomuch that thou couldst not chuse but thinke
The beaten ship would at that instant sinke.
And when thou didst approach
Acts 27. 27 28. 40. 41.
neere to the shore,
Ecclus. 43. 24.
The danger then thou know'st was more and more:
For then the
Act. 27. 29.
Rocks and Sands did thee affright,
Which could not be discern'd in the darke night.
Ps. 107. 28. 29.
Then thou on God didst call, and he thee heard,
And from those greater dangers thee preserv'd.
Ps 107. 10.
Thus by the Lords great power and mighty hand
Act. 27. 44
safety thou wast brought unto the land:
Where thou no sooner wast, but didst
Ps. 106. 13
To give him thankes that did thee thus protect:
Pro. 23. 20
But with rude company didst drinke and
Lev. 19. 12.
Psal. 94 2 [...]. Song of the 3 ch [...]l. 5.
most wickedly without all care:
ibid. 7. Neht. 9. 33.
Wherefore 'twas just with God to let thee fall
Into these troubles: therefore on him
2 Sam. 22 4.
To give thee grace, that thou
Psal. 78. 7.
never forget
P [...] 22. 23, 24 & Ps. 107. 31.
praise his name. Then though thou art in debt,
Ps. 107. 13. 14
Thou shalt not in this prison long remaine;
For he will
Acts. 17. 14
send thee to the Sea againe.

To the Stranger, a Prisoner.

THou that a Stranger art in prison here,
Jof. 9. 6. Deut. 29. 22.
Farre from thy Country, friends and parents deare,
Ps. 27. 3. & 73. 26.
Be not quite out of heart, for God above
Ruth 2. 10.
Will new friends raise thee here,
Jos. 23. 11.
if thou him love.
Jer. 23. 23.
'Tis not the distance of the place, that can
Ps. 139. 9. 10.
His providence keep back from any man.
God of the
Ps. 146. 9. Deut. 14 29. Wisd. 19. 13.
stranger hath a speciall care,
As well in a strange Country, as elsewhere:
Act. 10. 35.
His goodnesse and his mercy doth appeare
Throughout the world, to those that doe him feare.
What need'st thou then take any thing to heart,
Deut. 10. 18 Heb. 15. 5.
Seeing the Lord doth love thee where thou art?
Ezek. 14. 5.
though thou hast estranged been from him,
Nehe. 9. 17
Yet hee'll not leave thee to thy selfe to sinne.
Psal. 92. 4. & 107. 30.
When thou his mercies felt, thou then wast glad
Psal. 31. 9.
But now he thee correcteth, thou art sad.
2 Sam. 7. 9. Jer. 2. 7.
Experience thou hast of his goodnesse
By sea and land; and yet neverthelesse
Thou didst forget thy selfe,
Psal. 119. 176
and went'st astray,
As travellers doe,
Rom. 3. 12
that are out of the way.
Mat. 11. 7. 8.
What cam'st thou in this Country for to see?
1 Cor. 7. 31
fashions? or some other vanitie?
In prison here strange things thou may'st behold,
Gen. 39. 20 & 40. 3.
For here vaine people are, both young and old:
Ecclus. 13. 1.
If in such company thou take delight,
Eph. 5. 6. 7.
They'll bring thee to a miserable plight.
Consider with thy selfe what thou hast done,
Exo. 21. 18 19.
T'offend; or how in debt and want th'hast run;
Pro. 11. 15.
For which thou art here laid up to remaine,
Where thou may'st lose, much more then thou canst gaine.
[Page 8] Wherefore 'tis time for thee to looke about,
To see if some
Pro. 17. 17.
good friend will helpe thee out.
Endeavour what thou canst,
1 King. 8. 41, 42, 43.
and crave Gods ayd,
Hee'll stand thy friend, therefore be not dismay'd:
And when he thee delivered hath from hence,
Doe what thou canst
Wisd. 8. 8.
to get experience:
And let me now advise thee as a stranger,
Ecclus 21. 1.
Thou fall not once againe into such danger:
But being free,
Acts 17. 21.
spend not thy time in vaine,
Then thou with credit may'st
Mar. 5. 19.
go home againe.

To the faint-hearted Prisoner.

BE not dejected, thou
Ecclus. 2. 23.
faint-hearted man:
What ayl'st thou,
Ecclus. 19. 29.
that thou look'st so pale and wan?
Thou think'st it strange in prison here to lie,
And art
Ecclus. 22. 18.
afraid thou shalt be sick and die:
Even as a man at Sea thou seem'st to be,
Sick at the first, distemper'd and queafie:
This maladie will not last very long;
Psal. 39. 13
After a while thou wilt againe grow strong.
Take courage man, and doe not him resemble
Lev. 26. 36.
That at small things is apt to quake and tremble:
The Sergeants thou need'st not at all to feare,
For they are gone, now they have lodg'd thee here:
The Docket man, when he doth for thee call,
To goe along with him unto Guild hall,
Give him his groat, and pay th'Attorneyes fee,
Or else they'll not doe any thing for thee:
Thy Creditors, if they doe not Declare,
Non-suit them: for why should'st thou them forbeare?
And if they doe Declare, be not afraid,
Mat. 18. 30.
Although this harsh course they take to be paid.
[Page 9] What if they have taken a resolution,
To charge thee quickly with an execution?
It's very like, that for a time thereby
They may deprive thee of thy libertie.
Yet though thy bodie in prison they keepe,
2 Sam. 12. 17. 1 King. 21 4.
Doe not forbeare to eate, drink, rest, and sleepe.
What need'st thou
Psal. 56. 11 Esay 51. 12.
feare what men can doe unto thee?
Ps. 56. 1.
Do'st thinke by this course they mean to undoe thee?
Beleeve it, and doe not thy selfe deceive;
Joh. 19. 11
They can no more doe then God gives them leave.
What if to malice they are so much bent?
Psal 56. 9.
Call on the Lord, their designes hee'le prevent.
Job 3. 25. 1 Joh, 4. 18.
The feare of danger which thou hadst, be sure
Is more then that, which thou do'st now endure.
Luke 12. 4
Feare thou not those that may thy bodie spoile,
But cannot give unto thy soule the foile.
Luke 12. 5 Psal. 145. 19. Mal. 4. 2. Pro. 3. v.
Feare thou the mightie God of Israel,
That can both soule and bodie cast in hell.
Pro. 16. 6. Ecclus 33. 1.
The feare of him which wise men doe enjoy,
Without all doubt
Ecclus 34. 14.
drives other feares away.
Ecclus 2. 12
Wherefore if thou art wise, doe not give place
To slavish feare, t'will bring thee to disgrace.
Heb. 12. 5
Faint not under the Crosse,
Ecclus 26 4.
cheere up thy heart,
Eph. 3. 16, and 6 10.
Get strength in Christ, now thou in prison art.
Psal. 79. 11
Then though thou hast not things here to content,
Psal. 69. 33
Yet shalt thou have no just cause to repent.
For if with
Heb. 4. 16
boldnesse thou repayr'st to him
In thy distresse, then shalt thou want nothing.
Hee'le give thee
Psal. 27. 14
courage, and much
& 29. 11.
strength to beare
Thy great afflictions, both here and elsewhere.
And they that laid thee here,
1 Sam. 18. 11.
shall never have
On thee their wills, though they the same doe crave.
For let them doe to thee the worst they can,
Thou need'st not feare,
Esay 51. 6.
looke thou up like a man
Prov. 21. 1 & 15. 11.
To him that rules the hearts of men: hee'le please
To rule them so, as thine shall have much ease.
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Gen. 28. 15
And when God sees it fit thou hence dost goe,
Make him thy friend,
1 Thes. 5. 15.
and thy time well bestow:
Jer. 37. 20.
That thou no more into this place dost come,
Which is a place all wise men faine would shun.
Whilst thou art here,
Deut. 31. 8
be not at all dismay'd,
Esa. 26. 20.
Though for a little time thou art here stay'd:
Prov. 3. 5.
But trust in God,
2 Esd. 1. 6 67.
and let thy sins decrease;
Dan. 6. 16.
Then God out of this place will thee release.

To his Sonne.

VVHen I in prison was, nine yeares agoe,
2 Esd. 8. 8. 9.
Thou at that time in Prison wast also.
I ne're in prison was before that time,
No more wast thou, for then thou wast not mine.
Gen. 5. 3. Prov. 23. 22.
I was the Sergeant that in prison laid thee,
Psal. 51. 5.
Thy mother was thy Gaoler that obey'd me.
I, no close prisoner was, though I had foes;
Psal. 139. 13.
But thou wast shut up close, thy mother knowes.
In prison I could walke, and looke about,
But thou in prison then could'st not peepe out:
In prison I my sight had to my minde,
But thou t'is knowne in prison wast starke blinde:
In prison I was cold, and tooke much harme;
But thou in prison wast kept very warme:
In prison I hard shift made for my diet;
But thou in prison hadst thy food in quiet:
In prison I grew leane for want of feeding;
In prison I know thou hadst thy first breeding:
Psal. 109. 24. Jub 33. 21.
My flesh in prison did consume away;
But thy flesh then increased every day:
In prison I had alwayes company;
But thou alone in prison then didst lye:
[Page 11] My Keeper in prison did me neglect;
But thy Keeper did never thee forget:
My Keeper was a man that was above me;
Thy Keeper was a woman that did love thee;
My Keeper did at me oft-times repine;
But thy Keeper a deare friend was of thine:
My Keeper often saw me in the light;
But thy Keeper depriv'd was of thy sight;
My Keeper I was faine to pray and pay;
But thy Keeper car'd for thee night and day;
I was nine weekes in prison; so long try'd;
But thou
2 Esd. 8. 8. 2 Macch. 7. 27
nine months in prison did'st abide:
When I came out of prison, glad was I;
When thou cam'st out of prison
Wisd. 7. 3.
thou did'st cry:
When I came forth I then some cloaths did lack;
Job 1. 21.
But thou then had'st not a rag to thy back:
When I came forth, my friends I went to see;
When thou cam'st forth, thy friends did visit thee:
Into prison againe I may adventure;
Joh. 3. 4.
But thou into thy prison shalt ne're enter:
Nine yeares have I my liberty enjoy'd,
But now in prison am againe annoy'd.
Five times nine yeares and upwards have I liv'd,
Sometimes contentedly, but often griev'd.
Nine yeares in sorrowes hast thou liv'd with me,
Which with thy tender yeares could not agree.
But God, who for his children doth provide,
Hath rais'd thee friends, with whom thou dost abide,
Far distant from this naughty place; and yet
They love thee dearly, which I'le ne're forget;
Where thou good breeding hast, and may'st have still,
With all things else according to my will;
And where thou willingly shunn'st that that's naught,
Ecclus 30. 3. 4. Eccles 4. 13.
And also learn'st apace what thou art taught.
If thou continu'st as thou hast begun,
Pro. 10. 1. & 23. 24. 25.
I then shall have of thee much joy my Son.
[Page 12] And now to
Pro. 13. 22. 3 John 11.
goodnesse I heare thy minde's bent,
In all my troubles I shall have content.
Ecclus 3. 6
The hope of comfort which of thee I have,
Makes me rejoyce in this living mens grave.
Ecclus 6. 18 2 Tim. 3. 15. Pro. 22. 6,
learne now whilst thou art young and tender,
Then thou hereafter wilt the same remember.
Thou then may'st be a man of good esteeme,
Pro. 17. 6
And my lost credit may'st at last redeeme.
Ecclus 3. 12
Then thou may'st be to me a helpe and stay,
When I am old, and ready to decay:
Ps. 22. 26.
Thou then the Lord wilt praise,
Pro. 18. 24
and thank thy friends,
Endeavoring how thou may'st make them amends.
Now though in prison I am here a while,
By reason of those that did me beguile;
Yet still my hope is, that I shall one day
1 Thes. 2. 17. 3 Joh. 14.
See thee and all thy friends againe with joy.

To the Scholler, a Prisoner.

Ps. 119. 179
VVHen Schollers have the truants play'd their fill,
They must be
Pro. 15. 10.
whipp'd, though much against their wil.
The truant thou hast plaid, and eke
Ezek. 23. 35
Thy Book to learne, for which thou art corrected.
This Prison is thy Schoole now for a time,
Mat. 4. 23. & 12. 16.
Christ thy Schoolemaster is as well as mine.
Now seeing thou unto this Schoole art brought,
2 Tim. 3. 14.
In practice put that which thou hast beene taught.
For Christ thy Master is with thee offended,
Mat. 21. 20 Jer. 26. 13.
Because thy life thou hast not yet amended:
Deut. 19. 19 Job 9. 28.
And yet thou need'st not be too much afraid,
Ps. 78. 40.
Though thou the truant hast so often plaid.
Deut. 6. 3.
For if thou dost endeavour to doe well,
Esay 1. 20.
And wilt no more against him so rebell;
[Page 13] Then he to thee (I know) will be as milde,
As any
Psal. 103. 13.
Father can be to his Childe.
Psal. 103. 9.
He will not alwaies angry be, nor chide
With those that his corrections can abide.
Job 6. 2.
Yet thou complain'st, thy punishment is great,
And dost with griefe the same oft-times repeat;
Psal. 42. 5.
And art disquieted here in this Schoole;
Yet doe not thou with others play the foole.
2 Tim. 2. 14.
For thou should'st rather teach, then learne of those
Which have no breeding, though they weare good clothes.
Be thou the usher of this Schoole, that so
Esay 28. 9
Thou may'st teach others that which they don't know.
Here are poore Schollers, that are apt to learne
Psal. 52. 3.
Much ill: but goodnesse they cannot discerne.
Thou may'st observe,
Psal. 78. 32 33. 2 Chro. 28, 22.
how some are still addicted
To wickednesse,
Gal. 3. 4. Hag. 2. 17.
though they are here afflicted.
Ecclus. 19 &
give their mindes to drinke, others to
23. 9.
And some
Hos. 4. 11.
their whoring will not here forbeare.
Some doe delight at cards and dice to play;
Pro. 21. 17
And thus most of them passe their time away.
Consider this; Instruct them to be
1 Pet. 5. 8. 1 Thes. 5. 8.
That they may learne a new lease to turne over.
Omit no time,
2 Tim. 24 25, 26.
good counsell now to give
Unto such as in ignorance here live:
1 Cor. 15. 34.
For some so ignorant are, that they scarce know
So much, as little babes, the Christ-crosse-row.
Tit. 2. 7. 8.
Lead thou a godly life, and vertuous be,
That they example may here take by thee.
Acts 27. 36
Cheer up thy heart, and be not now so muddy,
Although thy bookes thou hast not here to study.
It may be thou hast pawn'd, or sold away
Thy bookes to such
Pro. 18. 2.
as seldome read or pray:
Yet be not still so
Gen. 40. 7.
sad as thou hast been,
Although those bookes thou canst not yet redeeme:
For if thou hast one booke amongst the rest,
Ps. 119. 14 [...]
The Bible, which of all bookes is the best,
[Page 14] Thou hast enough, to study thereupon,
Psal. 119. 50.
And need'st no other book but that alone.
He that doth
Eccles. 12. 12.
study much (without all doubt)
In other bookes, will soone be wearied out.
But he that in
Psal. 1. 2.
Gods word takes great delight,
And therein
Ecclus. 6. 37.
meditates both
Ps. 119. 97.
day and
& 55. Josh. 1. 8
Psal. 1. 3.
That man shall flourish, and see happy dayes,
For God will prosper him in all his wayes.
Esay 34. 16
God is the Author of that holy Booke,
And therefore thou therein may'st boldly looke.
2 Tim. 3. 16
All holy Scripture's given by inspiration,
And therefore is in such great
Job. 23, 12 Psal. 119. 127, 128.
Joh. 5. 39. Acts 17. 11.
Search them alone, and thou therein shalt finde
Eternall life,
Psal. 63. 5. & 36. 8.
which satisfies the minde.
Psal. 119. 99. 100.
There wisdome thou mayst learne, for thy soules health:
Pro. 8. 18. 19.
The rich find there much joy,
Esay 55. 1.
the poore much wealth.
There's choise of spirituall food;
Psal. 119. 103.
feed on it then:
1 Cor. 3. 1, 2.
There's milke for babes,
Heb. 5. 12 13, 14.
and meat for stronger men.
It's like a brooke, that's large and deep, wherein
Ps. 19. 7.
The lambe may wade,
Esay 40. 28
and th'Elephant may swim.
2 Tim. 3. 15
All, that to our salvation tends, is there
Penn'd down in holy writ; and not elsewhere.
And yet Gods word is to the stubborne Jewes
1 Cor. 1. 23.
stumbling block; which makes them it refuse:
And to the self-will'd Gentiles it's likewise
1 Cor. 1. 23.
foolishnesse; therefore they it despise.
To say the truth,
Mat 22. 29
this Book's not understood
Joh. 3. 10
By learned Schollers, that seeme to be good.
Luk. 24. 45 Acts 8. 30, 31.
There's none at all can understand this thing,
Untill God
Acts 16. 34 Psal. 119. 34.
open their understanding.
Now study't with delight,
Ps. 25. 4, 5.
call on Gods name,
So shalt thou rightly understand the same.
Then shalt thou be in a most happy taking,
Job. 36, 22. Psal. 119. 102.
When thou a Scholler art of Gods owne making.
Whil'st thou art here,
Pro. 10. 14.
learne something every day,
Rom. 11. 25.
And teach such as are quite out of the way.
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Pro. 16. 7.
Please thy Schoole-master, and contented be;
So shalt thou breake up Schoole, and be set free:
And afterwards
2 Tim. 4. 7, 1.
thou having lived well,
Shalt with thy Master Christ for ever dwell
In heaven above,
1 Cor. 13. 12
where thou shalt see and know
More then thou ever heard'st of here below.

To an ancient man, a Prisoner, exceedingly oppres­sed with griefe, and sorrow upon sorrow.

Lam. 3. 12.
sorrowes, old man, are sorrowes indeed,
Psal. 88 7, 8
Which sorrowes doe all others here exceed.
Psal. 42, 6.
Thou art a man dejected in our fight,
Job 7. 3, 4.
And carefull thoughts are with thee day and night.
Job 16. 8.
Thy countenance shewes how thy
Pro. 17. 22. Ecclus. 13. 25.
heart is griev'd,
And thy
[...] Sam. 12. 2
gray haires shew that thou hast long liv'd.
Ezek. 23, 21.
If thou thy youthfull dayes didst not well spend,
Tit. 2. 2.
Now thou art old, endeavour to amend:
2 Cor. 4. 16.
And then although thy body doe decay,
Thy spirit shall revive and live for aye
In heaven with Christ, who
Job 34. 28 Acts 7. 34.
heares thy groanes and cryes;
Rev. 7. 17.
wipe away all thy teares from thine eyes.
If thou for debt art to this place committed,
Psal. 106. 46.
Thy case (if thou art poore) is to be pitti'd.
It was thy
Ecclus. 7, 24.
daughter, whom thou lov'st full deare,
That was th'occasion of thy being here.
Thou didst her place with one, that did her keep,
Pro. 27. 27.
Where she no want had of food, cloaths, nor sleep:
But therewithall she was not well contented,
And therefore she from thence
Gen. 16. 6.
herselfe absented;
Pro, 1. 10.
Being by wicked counsell much deluded,
So that in danger she her selfe intruded:
[Page 16]
Rom. 2. 21.
And proving false to him, with whom she dwelt,
She then the miserie of a Prison felt:
Pro. 6, 1, 2.
And thou having for her truth thy word past,
Arrested wast, and into prison [...]ast:
When she came shortly after to be try'd,
1 Pet. 4. 15.
She was found guilty; for which cause she dy'd:
Then thy poore wife
Psal. 31. 10
fell sick, and dy'd for griefe,
Hearing her childe did suffer as a theefe.
Jer. 45. 3.
Thus was thy griefe and sorrow much increas'd,
Esay 64. 12
As with Gods children 'tis, when they thinke least.
Besides all this, now in thy great distresse
Ecclus. 6. 10.
Thy friends doe not themselves to thee addresse;
Ecclus. 6. 12.
But leave thee comfortlesse here in this place,
To muse upon thy daughters great disgrace.
1. Sam. 3. 13
If thou, like old Eli, didst e're neglect
Thy children in their young dayes to correct;
1 Sam. 3. 14.
Then thou, like old Eli, for that cause art
Corrected now thy selfe, and feel'st the smart.
If thou, like David, (when thy girle was young)
Was fond or'e her,
2 Sam. 18. 5.
as he was o're his sonne;
2 Sam. 19. 2.
Then thou like David must afflicted be,
(For being then so fond) as well as he.
Like Eli be, when thou corrected art,
1 Sam. 3. 18
Submit to God, and take it in good part.
2 Sam. 19. 4.
Like David be, who after he had cry'd
For his lost sonne,
2 Sam. 19. 8.
was then well pacifi'd.
Now Davids sonne,
2 Sam. 18. 14.
by his untimely death
Dy'd in his sins, and so gave up his breath.
Thy daughter had a time before she dy'de,
To call on God: her
Psal. 32. 5.
sins she did not hide.
Luk. 23. 42, 43.
Doubtlesse the Lord heard her humble request,
And that her soule is now with him at rest.
2 Sam. 12. 20.
Comfort thy selfe in God now she is gone,
v. 23.
And thinke that thou must follow her ere long:
Thy Adversaries
Job 36. 15.
cannot long detaine thee
Here in this prison, where
Psal. 79 4.
they now disdaine thee.
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Jer. 15. 11.
When God his time sees fit, hee'le thee release:
Tit. 2. 12.
Live therefore well,
2 King. 2 [...]. 20.
so shalt thou dye in peace.
Eccles 12. 7
Thy soule shall then ascend to God on high,
Joh. 10. 28.
And live with him in heaven eternally.

To his eldest Daughter.

THere was a time, before thy time, in which
I was beloved of the
Job 29. 12
poore and
Pro. 4. 20
For in those dayes
Deut. 6. 11
I had good things about me,
And many could not well subsist without me.
I then alone did live, wherefore I sought,
Tob. 1. 9.
And found her which into the world thee brought.
Tob. 4. 4.
A burden thou wast to her a long while,
When she thee carried then many a mile,
Into a Country which thou could'st not see,
Where I had
Esa. 24. 11
Land, that caus'd my misery.
Jer. 31. 8.
And when from thence she brought thee back againe,
After a while
Rev. 12. 2.
thou put'st her to great paine:
For thou so heavy wast, and big also,
Jer. 4. 31.
That she then could no longer with thee goe.
So weake was she, that thou mad'st her to fall,
So that for helpe
Esa. 42. 14.
she did both cry and call.
And then betweene you both there was such strife,
Gen. 35. 16
That she therewith had almost lost her life.
After which combat, though she had the worst,
Yet she thy best friend was,
1 Sam. 1. 23.
for she thee nurst.
And though her paines were great, yet shortly after
We both rejoyc'd in thee
Gen. 30. 21
our elder daughter.
I then in credit liv'd, and did enjoy
Eccles 2. 1
The pleasures of this life, which seem'd so gay.
Job 17. 11
But now those dayes are past, my credit's lost,
Tob. 1. 20.
My meanes are gone, and my designes are crost.
[Page 18] Much trouble I of late have undergone,
And now at last
Act. 12. 4.
am in a prison strong,
Depriv'd of that which heretofore I had,
Pro. 15. 15. Psal. 88. 4.
T'was never with me as 'tis now so bad.
So that to say the truth, I may be here
Compar'd to the foure
Gen. 1. 14.
Seasons of the yeare.
The joyfull
Wisd. 2 7.
Spring, the dainty
Mat. 24. 32.
Summer fine,
The fruitfull
Joel 3. 13
Harvest, and the
Joh 10. 22
Winter time.
Cant. 2. 12
The Spring time of my youth
Eccles 9 7.
I liv'd in pleasure,
Then God gave thee to me, thou wast my treasure.
Job 1. 10.
In those dayes I knew not what troubles meant,
For then my Country-house I had in Kent.
The Summer time
Eccles 7. 0
of my good dayes had I
Much trading and withall, my Girle Mary.
Ecclus 11 24.
In those dayes I got meanes, and lived well,
My credit then was good, my friends can tell.
I'th Harvest time
Pro. 13. 11
I gather'd much, and than
I lost much, yet, God gave me my Girle Nan.
In those dayes
Luk. 10. 41
I much care had to uphold
My credit, which I valued more then gold.
The Winter season, when
Psal. 88. 3.
I had my fill
Of troubles, then God sent me my son Will.
In those dayes I was then, as now I am,
In great distresse,
Psal. 88. 4.
and counted a lost man.
Great losses I sustain'd that stormy time,
Phil. 4. 12.
Which makes me now to suffer and repine.
Esay 47. 8.
The losse of (Nan) thy sister, was then more
Grievous to me, then all I lost before.
A tedious Winter 'tis as I suppose,
Psal. 13. 7.
How long t'will last, the Lord above best knowes.
Thus in this world have I beene
Ps. 109. 23
toss'd and tumbl'd,
Sometimes advanc'd aloft, and sometimes humbl'd.
Job 16. 12
The day-light of my former dayes are done,
The dark-night of my latter dayes are come.
Yet still I hope t'will not be so with thee,
1 Pet. 3. 10
But that thy best dayes will hereafter be.
[Page 19] Although thy worst dayes be now for a season,
Yet doubtlesse thou hast so much wit and reason,
To thinke, if thou
Psal. 2. 11.
serve God,
Pro. 18. 24
and thy friends please,
That thou hereafter may'st live more at ease.
Lam. 3. 27. Pro. 29. 15.
The more thou art in thy young dayes deprest,
The more one day will be thy joy and rest:
And if thou live to be a woman growne,
1 Cor. 13. 11. Pro. 31. 25.
Thou wilt rejoyce that thou so much hast knowne.
Thou now art with
Ecclus 6. 14
thy friends, who love thee well,
Give them content, whilst thou with them dost dwell.
Pro. 19. 15
Give not thy selfe at all to idlenesse,
Ruth 3. 5.
But be thou doing something, more or lesse:
Ecclus 22. 4.
modest, loving, and of good behaviour,
So shalt thou be esteem'd of, and in favour.
Rom. 11. 22
And if to goodnesse thou dost now incline,
Thou then art Gods deere childe, as well as mine:
Thou then two Fathers hast, be of good cheere;
Luke 11. 2.
The one's in heaven above,
Gen. 44. 10
the other's here.
Psal. 69. 29
Thy earthly father's poore, and weak withall,
2 Esdr. 17. 65.
Thy heavenly Father's rich, and liberall.
If thou want that which I have not to give thee;
Goe to
Mat. 6. 32.
thy heavenly Father, hee'le releeve thee:
Make thy case knowne to him, the
Pro. 12. 19.
truth declare,
Pro. 12. 22 Ecclus 7. 13.
tell no lyes, but thereof have a care:
For God will never grant such their desires;
Joh. 8. 44.
The Devill is the father of all lyers.
Now if thou learn'st good manners every day,
Ecclus 22. 4
And carriest thy selfe well, not being coy;
Pro. 15. 9. Titus 2. 12.
If thou to godlinesse dost give thy minde,
Judith 8. 8.
And wilt live vertuously, then thou shalt finde,
Ecclus 30. 8.
That though thou many things art now deny'd,
Yet shalt thou be hereafter satisfi'd.
In the meane while
2 Tim. 2. [...]
consider well these things,
That I may from thee heare some good tidings.
Pro. 23. 15.
It will rejoyce my heart, though I am here
In prison, where I want meanes to be cleere.
[Page 20]
Ecclus 3. 6
Be thou my comfort now, and thou shalt see,
I'le be thy comforter, when I am free.

To the domineering Creditor over a poore Debtor of his in Prison.

THou domineering man,
Pro. 28. 11. Rom. 12. 16.
that art so
Pro. 11. 12
In thy conceit!
Mat. 18. 30
why dost thou so despise
Jer. 38. 9.
Thy Debtor, which at thy suit here doth lye,
Where he for want of food in time may dye?
He hath good friends (sayst thou) that will not see
Him lye in Prison long, in misery:
But rather will some order take to pay
His debts, that he no longer here may stay.
Alas! thou art deceiv'd, t'will not appeare,
Ecclus 6. 12
That they'le doe any thing whilst he is here.
Ecclus 37. 4
He rather fares the worse for them, so that
He's like a Mouse that's taken in a Trap.
Psal. 52. 1.
Yet thou dost boast and brag what thou hast done,
In laying up a poore man in prison.
What hast thou gotten now by doing so?
Psal. 109. 6
Devill for thy friend, and
Psal. 11. 5.
God thy foe.
Job 2. 7.
The Devill takes delight in cruelty,
Jam. 2. 13.
And God rejects him that shewes no mercy:
Ecclus 11. 24.
Yet thou thy selfe, having the world at will,
Ecclus 11. 25. Amos 1. 11
Tak'st no pitty on him that is so ill.
Pro. 21. 17.
Thou tak'st thy pleasure,
Psal. 6. 7.
he grieves at the heart;
Job 34 19. Pro 22 [...]. Mal. 2. 10
Yet he's Gods creature, even as thou art.
Luk. 18. 11.
Yet thou beleev'st thou art better then he,
[...], 22 7.
Because thou hast him made subject to thee.
Yet when all comes to all, one day thou must,
As well as he,
Gen. 3. 19. Eccles 3. 20.
be turned into dust.
[Page 21] Then who shall judge, which of you is the better,
Whether the Creditor, or the poore Debtor.
Job 21. 26.
Your bodies in the darke grave may be there
Alike unto the wormes without compare.
Your soules may differ much,
Eccles. 12. 7.
for they must flie
Up to the
Psal. 50. 6.
Judge (of heaven and
& 94. 2.
earth) on high:
Mat. 25. 31, 32.
Where that great Judge pronounce shall to all men
v. 33.
v. 34.
good and
v. 41.
bad, their sentence just; and then
John 5. 29.
The soule that hath done well, heav'n shall enjoy;
John 5. 29.
The soule that hath done ill, God will destroy.
Consider this,
Rom. 14. 10
thou that do'st domineere
O're thy poore debtor whom thou hast lodg'd here:
For thou thy selfe
Amos 5. 12.
art mightily in debt
Unto the Lord, which thou should'st not forget;
Rom. 8. 9.
And if Christ will not for thee undertake,
Thy debts to pay,
Esa. 43. 25.
for his own mercie sake;
Then thy poore soule and body shall at last
Mat. 25. 30
Be into Hell (that fearefull prison) cast.
Ecclus. 35. 20.
If thou therefore wouldst mercy now obtaine,
Eph. 4. 32.
Be thou to others mercifull againe.
Job 30. 25
Come to thy poore debtor that's in distresse;
Psal. 105. 20.
Give him his libertie, and so expresse
1 Pet. 3. 8.
Thy love to him, that he hereafter may
Be able (with Gods helpe) his debts to pay.
Thus thou may'st doe him good, and thy selfe too;
Heb. 13. 16 Pro. 3. 28.
Wherefore delay no time this good to doe;
Mat. 6. 14.
Then doubtlesse thy great Creditor will forgive
Thee all thy debts:
2 Tim. 28 11.
and thou with him shalt live.

To the men, which are Prisoners in the Hole.

Esay 42. 22
YOu that are Pris'ners in the Hole, doe not
a Cor. 4. 8.
Despaire of helpe, although it be your lot
[Page 22] To be throng'd up together in a hole,
1 Pet. 8. 8.
Where you each others miserie may condole.
Experience you have had of
Psal. 107. 9.
Gods goodnesse,
Which he to you hath shew'd
Ver. 10.
in your distresse:
Psal. 23. 4.
The Lord your helpe and comfort will be still,
Esa. 1. 19.
If you obedient are unto his will.
Jer. 15. 11.
'Tis God alone that moves mens hearts to pitty
Poore pris'ners both in Country and in City.
Psal. 69. 33
Your Benefactors he makes liberall,
And therefore you
Ps. 145. 18
should daily on him call
Ps. 115. 13.
To blesse and sanctifie the meanes you have
Mat. 6. 26.
To feed your bodies,
Jam. 1. 23.
and your soules to save.
'Tis like in former time that some of you
Did not fare halfe so well as now you doe:
And if againe you had your liberty,
It may be you so well could not supply
Your hungry bellies with such food, as now
Provided is, which none can disallow.
Your bodies likewise need endure no cold,
For you have fire enough for young and old.
Many besides you are here in this place,
That think they are not in so good a case;
Because they often times in great want are
Of that (God knowes) which you sometimes can spare:
But if their chamber rent they cannot pay,
Then in your Hole they must be put to stay.
Consider also how
1 Cor. 10 3.
your soules are fed
With Gods Word,
Neh. [...]. 8.
which to you is daily read.
Heb. 12. 25
God by his Word to you speakes very plaine;
Dan. 9. 25.
And you by prayer speake to him againe.
1 Tim. 4. 7.
This exercise you have now twice a day,
Having occasion just to sing and pray.
Jam. 5. 13.
If inward mirth you have, sing heartily;
If outward crosses,
1 Thess. 5. 17.
pray continually:
1 Cor. 14. 15.
If you those godly Psalmes of David sing
Without true knowledge, or understanding,
[Page 23] Then you sing like the Bird that doth rejoyce,
The Nightingall, that's nothing but a voyce.
1 Cor. 14. 15.
If you to God doe pray, and not regard
How you speake to him,
John 9. 31.
then you are not heard:
Much like the Papists you are, when they pray,
Who utter words, but know not what they say.
Jer. 6. 10.
If you Gods word doe heare with no delight,
Ezek. 20. 32.
And live like Heathen people in our sight;
Ezek 36. 19.
You then like Heathen shall be cast away,
The Lord will not your punishment delay.
There are amongst you, doubtlesse, that have been
In drinke, and otherwise much overseen:
At Tavernes and Ale houses were your meetings,
Where you with others had your merry greetings:
And there, and at worst places you have spent
Your time away in beastly merriment.
In stead of Davids Psalmes, you have sung out
Ps. 69. 12.
drunken songs, and so kept revell rout:
In stead of prayer, pratling you have us'd,
Ezek. 36. 20.
And Gods most holy name have much abus'd:
The Fidlers you have heard with more delight
Psal. 119. 140.
Gods pure word, which is so just and right.
Thus most of you have done when you were free,
But now i'th Hole such things you cannot see:
Ezek. 23. 27.
From such lewd courses you are now restrain'd,
And to doe better things you are enjoyn'd.
Thus in your bondage
Acts 6. 4.
you exercise more
Your selves in prayer, then you did before.
A happy bondage 'tis, you can't deny,
If you your sinfull
Col. 3. 5. Ecclus. 18. 30.
lusts can mortifie:
Rev. 2. 22.
But if for all this you will not amend
Your lives; then you shall finde, that in the end,
Although your bellies be with food suppli'de,
Your backs may want course raggs your skin to hide.
Your bones in time by lying hard, will ake,
Your flesh the lice will not at all forsake.
[Page 24] Untill you die; and then they'll turne you over
Unto the
Job 17. 14.
wormes, which then shall be your mother:
And then the
Mar. 9. 46.
worme of Conscience, which ne're dies,
Shall feed upon your soules with wofull cries:
And though your bodies in the
John 5. 28.
graves remaine,
And turne to dust,
Acts 24. 15
yet they shall rise againe
To judgement, at which time they must needs dwell
Mat. 10. 28.
With your poore soules, in the darke hole of hell.
How soone that day will be, you doe not know;
But when death comes, you to that place must goe.
Your state is wretched now, 'twill then be worse,
For you shall ever be under Gods curse.
Thus 'twill be with you, if your mindes are bent
Rom. 8. 13.
To live and die in sinne, and not repent.
2 Chro. 6. 37.
bethinke your selves what you have done,
And be reclaim'd, that you the
Heb. 12. 1.
race may run
Of Christians pure, who never cease to
Pro. 15. 24. Hos. 14. 9.
The way to heaven,
Psal. 145. 11. & 119. 46.
of which they joy to talke.
1 Cor. 9. 24
race you may now run, and get the gole,
Though you are stay'd, and shut up in a hole.
Pro. 3. 6.
Gods word is your direction,
John 8. 47.
heare, and
Luke. 22. 40
Jam. 1. 6.
In faith; and then the hole will be the way.
Acts 14. 22
Through troubles and afflictions you shall finde
The readi'st way, if you are not starke blinde.
Whil'st you therefore are here,
1 Pet. 2. 17.
feare God, and
Ps. 146. 7.
Your bodies,
1 Cor. 10. 3, 4.
and your soules, that have such need.
Yet be not like the Fox, or like his brood,
Which loves his hole, if he there can have food.
But rather use good meanes to get out hence,
That you may have such food without offence,
Abroad in other places, being free,
Which to good minds doth best of all agree.
Then doubtlesse God in his due time will send
You libertie, and
2 Cor. 1. 4.
comfort in the end.
And if the Steward of your hole be just,
Your Reader chaste, not given to his lust;
[Page 25] Your Cooke a cleanly fellow in his place;
Your Constable well order'd, and not base;
And you that are inferiour to all these,
That are so full of Lice and biting Fleas;
That have no beds to lye on, but must needs
Lye in your cloathes, where all your vermine breeds;
1 Pet. 1. 15.
If you together in good sort doe live,
Joh. 14. 14.
The Lord will change your lodging, and soone give
You such a place to dwell in, as shall be
Heb. 11. 16.
The place where you for ever shall be free.

To his youngest Daughter.

WHen thou into this wretched world
Wisd. 7. 3.
cam'st crying,
Psal. 91. 7
Ten thousand round about thee lay a dying.
Many which in the morning had their breath,
2 Chron. 20. 24.
Before night were depriv'd thereof by death.
Death in those dayes with his sharp poyson'd Dart,
2 Chron. 24 25.
Smote thousands weekly through the very heart;
And led them captives to their graves, where they
John 5. 28.
Must needs remaine untill the Lords great Day.
Ezek. 31. 14 Rom. 5. 12.
This domineering Death took rich and poore,
J [...]r. 9. 21. Ps. 107. 18.
And some that liv'd with me were at his doore.
He at that dolefull time was fierce and bold,
And made more havock of the young then old.
Great was his priviledge then in the City,
Eccles 2. 16
For fooles and wisemen he tooke without pitie.
Psal. 78. 50
He then spar'd none at all that were in's reach,
But did amongst all callings make a breach.
The Belfrees he caus'd to be full of people,
Who made the Bells to ring in every Steeple.
A dolefull sound there was,
Eze. 32. 22.
then graves were plenty,
2 King. 21. 13. Lam 1. 1.
Which made the streets of London to be empty.
[Page 26]
Ezek. 27. 34.
And then most trades did faile, I knew but one
That flourish'd, which were wooden Cookes alone.
Their wooden crust Death furnish'd with great store
Of flesh,
Gen. 23. 4.
which living people did abhor:
And therefore they convey'd were under ground,
Ecclus 10. 11.
wormes to feed on, which did then abound.
The pye-crust which was fram'd and made of wood,
They did dislike, yet
Job 24. 20
th'inside they found good.
Death was their friend, he daily did provide
Such food, and yet they were not satisfi'd.
Psal. 91. 3▪
Thou then Deaths hands escap'dst, as well as I,
Yet when he comes we cannot from him flye.
My Country house in those infectious dayes
I had, where grew much Rosemary and Bayes,
I'th towne of Battersey, where thou didst make
Thy mothers belly, sides and back to ake,
Gen. 25. 22
With struggling over much with her to be
Discharg'd out of that place where she kept thee
As long as e're she could, yet at the last
1 King. 3. 17.
She let thee goe, because thou wast in haste,
Now when thou cam'st into the world starke naked,
1 Cor. 12. 18. 24. Psal. 139. 15.
Having thy limbes and members all well shaped,
Yet thou a name did'st want,
1 Sam. 4. 21.
which those did give
Unto thee then, with whom thou now dost live:
Thy Godfather and Godmother are they
Which thy name gave thee; and the selfe same day
By promise they engag'd themselves for thee,
Eph. 4. 27.
That thou from Satan and his workes should'st flee,
And likewise should'st abstaine
1 Sam. 12. 21.
from vaine delights,
Gal. 5. 17
And sinfull lusts, which gainst the spirit it fights:
And that thou should'st
Rom. 10. 9
beleeve all in thy Creed,
Ps. 119. 34
Keeping Gods holy Lawes, and so proceed
Ps. 119 1.
walke therein all the dayes of thy life,
Rom. 8. 6.
That thou in peace mayst live, and not in strife.
All these things they have promised for thee,
Which thou ought'st to performe, then they are free.
[Page 27] They are thy sureties, till th' art of age,
And then thy sureties thou should'st disengage.
When they that charge first tooke of thee, I then
In credit liv'd among all sorts of men.
I in that sickly time was forc'd to walke
The City streets,
Job 16. 7.
yet with few men did talke.
For then was I to them much like a stranger,
Job 2. 4.
Because my life I would not then endanger.
But afterwards when losses came upon me,
Job 2. 11.
In my first troubles, some friends did bemone me.
And when by many men I was undone,
I walk'd the streets, yet was I faine to shun
The company of many, which to me
Seem'd Officers,
Job 3. 25.
so that I fear'd to be
In danger of that, which I now at last
Am brought unto,
Psal. 88. 8.
where I am lock'd up fast
In a poore prison, where are good and bad,
Job 29. 2 & 30. 16.
And where I want that which before I had.
Yet if thy minde thou now giv'st
1 Pet. 3. 6.
to doe well,
Then comfort I shall have, though here I dwell.
Psal. 34. 12
Feare God above, and thy
& Eph. 6. 1 &c.
parents obey,
So shalt thou
Eph. 6. 3.
live many a happy day.
Thy Godfather and thy Godmother love;
Ecclus 22. 5
Be thou not wilde,
Hos. 7. 11.
but gentle as a Dove.
Be rul'd by them,
Ecclus 6. 16. 17.
for they thy best friends are,
They love thee well, that art from me so farre.
Thou art their Godchilde,
Phil. 4. 9.
learne of them, and know
Some goodnesse now,
Col. 1. 10.
and therein daily grow.
Such Godfathers and Godmothers as those
Are much to be respected (I suppose:)
There are not many such now to be found,
Whom thou enjoy'st, though I am in Lobs pound.
Wherefore whil'st thou art with them lose no time,
Eccles 9. 8.
Be cleanly, and doe not thy selfe begrime.
1 Tim. 4. 13.
Reade thy Booke often,
Judg. 5. 30.
let thy Needle be
Alwayes in use, and a delight to thee.
[Page 28]
Pro. 20. 11.
Doe willingly such things thou go'st about,
Pro. 4. 24.
Be not at all dogged, frowne not, nor pout.
But let thy carriage be now, and alwayes,
Judeth 8. 8.
Such as hereafter may get thee the praise.
Phil. 1. 27. Tob. 10. 12.
If I could now from thee such good newes heare,
It would revive me more then Wine or Beere:
For though
Gen. 40. 23
I am neglected in this place,
If thou doe well, I shall be in good case:
My minde will be at ease I make no doubt,
Jer. 38. 7. &c.
And some good friend at length will get me out:
And when my liberty I shall obtaine,
I hope to
2 Tim. 1. 4
see thee with much joy againe.

To the Prodigall young man, a Prisoner.

Pro. 29. 3.
that a spend-thrist art, clap'd up for debt
In Prison▪ where no goodnesse thou canst get!
Thou see'st here are
Ecclus 13. 15.
companions to thy minde,
Which are like thee to vaine
Pro. 21. 17.
pleasures inclin'd.
Though thou now art a pris'ner here depriv'd
Of liberty▪ yet being here arriv'd,
Thou tak'st thy liberty
Esa. 5. 11.
to drinke
Levit. 19. 12
and sweare,
Ecclus 23. 9.
Which wicked custome thou should'st here forbeare:
Psal. 73. 9.
For this a place is of disconsolation,
Levit. 26. 23. 24.
Which ought to worke in thee a reformation.
And if this place will not at all thee tame,
Then must I needs conclude,
Zeph. 3. 5.
thou art past shame▪
Though thou hast money to swagger and roare,
When that is spent, how think'st thou to get more?
Thy friends and parents, by whom thou had'st meanes,
Luk. 15. 39
Which thou hast spent amongst base knaves and queans,
Will now leave thee unto thy selfe to shift,
Luk. 15. 14.
Because thou hast beene such a wilde unthrift.
[Page 29]
Acts 17. 5.
Thy lewd companions now will forsake thee
Although they were the onely lads that brake thee.
Ecclus. 18. 31.
Thy wenches, with whom thou didst take delight,
Will scorne thee now, and not come in thy sight.
The truth is, whether thou be rich or poore,
A Beare is fitter for thee than a whore.
Thy credit in this place will soone be lost,
Though thou hast been here long to thy great cost.
If thou the Tapster shouldst owe but a groat,
He would goe neere to pluck't out of thy throat:
Though thou should'st spend here forty pound a yeere,
Yet hee'll scarce trust thee for a pot of beere.
Pro. 13. 25
Though thou in want should'st make to him thy mone
For bread, drinke, or tobacco,
Luk. 15. 16
he hath none
For such as have no money; and therefore
Hee'll bid thee get thee gone, for hee'll not score.
Now when thou art
Pro. 23. 21
brought to so much disgrace,
The Hole 'tis like will be thy dwelling place.
Many a worse lodging thou hast had, when
With harlots thou didst lodge, thou know'st, for then
'Twas worse with thee,
Pro. 9. 13.
thou then wast in great danger
2 Tim. 2. 26.
To be ensnar'd by Satan, that great ranger:
Pro. 7. 22, 23.
For thou then wast plung'd over head and eares
2 mi T 2. 22.
In sin, which thou should'st here bewaile with teares.
Thy case was desperate then, and now is like
To be worse, if
Acts 26. 18
God give thee not a sight
Of thy great sinnes, the which thou hast committed
Against him,
Micah 6. 13.
for which thou art here afflicted.
Esd. 3. 20.
And though much sorrows thou hast, doe not thinke
Pro. 20. 1.
To mitigate thy sorrowes by much drinke:
For if that course thou tak'st, thou may'st be sure
Esd. 3. 23.
Thy sorrowes will increase, and long endure:
Such seeming remedies have some undone;
Wherefore be thou like the prodigall sonne,
Luk. 15. 14
Who when his substance he had vainely spent,
Luk. 15. 15 16.
Being in extreame want,
18, 19.
did then repent,
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v. 18.
Confessing all his faults, and then resolv'd
To goe to his Father to be absolv'd;
v. 20.
His father, when he saw him in that [...]ase,
Tooke pitty on him, and did him embrace:
Psal. 103. 9.
He did not with him chide, although he were
A naughty childe, such was his love and care,
And joy withall, when he his
Luk. 15. 32
lost sonne saw
Return'd, and found obedient to his law;
Then he receiv'd him, and him entertain'd,
Although before
Luk. 15. 15
he was so much disdain'd:
v. 22.
He cloath'd him bravely then from top to toe,
v. 23.
And feasted him most sumptuously also:
Besides all that, this loving father had
v. 25.
Musick and dancing, to make his heart glad.
Now if this Prodigall thou wilt resemble,
Ps. 119. 120 Esay 66. 2. Heb. 10. 27.
And at Gods fearfull judgements quake and tremble:
If thou thy wicked wayes wilt leave, and
Hos. 14. 2.
Unto thy heavenly father, and so spurne
At thy
Psal. 119. 115.
Pro. 1. 10.
that would thee entice
To leave all goodnesse,
2 Pet. 2. 2.
and to follow vice.
Psal. 40. 1.
If thou with patience canst a while abide
This chastisement,
Job 9. 34.
and not be terrifi'd,
Psal. 119. 67.
But thereby brought to goodnesse, and so love
Thy Father,
Psal. 113. 5.
whose dwelling's in heaven above;
Ps. 119. 37.
Thou then all sinfull pleasures wilt detest,
Psal. 63. 1.
long to be with him in heav'n at rest:
1 Pet. 1. 4.
A portion there hee'll give thee to content,
Heb. 10. 34
Of such good things as never shall be spent:
Nay furthermore, hee'll likewise give to thee
1 Pet. 5. 4.
A Crown of glory, and there thou shalt be
Rom. 8. 17.
Co-heire with his sonne Christ,
Mark 3. 35
thy elder Brother,
Rev. 19 7. 14.
With the triumphant Church
Cant. 4. 9.
his Spouse, thy mother.
Heb. 12. 22 23.
Angels and Saints shall be thy company
(In that most glorious place) continually.
Phil. 3. 19▪ 20, 21. Psal. 137. 6.
All earthly pleasures, and the chiefest joyes
Are to those heavenly pleasures but meere toyes.
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1 Cor. 15. 48.
Thinke on those heavenly things, and let thy
Mat. 6. 21.
Be there, although in this place now thou art.
Ps. 119. 92 Hos. 5. 15.
Thou then shalt finde, that this affliction shall
The best thing prove, as ere did thee befall:
For God hereby hath brought thee in the way
To heav'n: wherefore
Heb. 13. 14
thou shalt not long here stay.
Thou art still going, though thou stirre not hence;
Ps. 119. 32. &
Keep on thy way,
62. 6. Job 22. 25.
God will be thy defence:
And though in prison thou art now so fast,
Hee'll bring thee safely
1 Pet. 1. 4.
to that place at last.

To the Prisoners called by the name of Rats, which are debauched men, taken at unlawfull houres in the night by the Watch, and brought into Prison.

Eph. 2. 2.
YOu that the Black Prince are forc'd to obey,
(I meane the
Eph. 6. 12.
Prince of darknesse) night and day:
Mat. 23. 33
The end of your obedience is damnation,
Which shall begin in his
Mat. 25. 30 Jude 6.
darke habitation.
1 Thes. 5. 3.
How soon you know not, too soone you shall know
Dan. 12. 2. Jam. 5. 1.
To your eternall shame, miserie and woe.
The places you tick out
Esa. 56. 12.
to drinke and rore,
Rev. 18. 2.
Are doubtlesse the Suburbes of hell; therefore
Wisd. 2 9.
You rather chuse to be there then elsewhere
Heb. 13. 4. Pro. 23. 27.
With your base whores, with whom you drink & swear.
Judg. 19. 25
The longest night i'th yeare you thinke too short
To spend like wicked wretches in that sort.
John 3. 19.
Seeing therefore the night you love so well
You shall have night enough, being in hell:
Jude 13.
For there the night shall never have an end,
Which loathsome night you shall be forc'd to spend
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Mat. 25. 41
With Devils, and with all their damned crew,
Luk. 16. 26
From which place none shall ever you rescue;
Wis. 16. 15. Nahum 1. 3.
You by no meanes those judgements can escape,
Esa 5. 14.
hell for such wicked men doth gape.
1 Pet. 5. 8.
The devill, he's alwayes ready to take
Your soules away, if you doe not forsake
Gen. 18. 20
Your grievous sinnes, which to the Lord on high
For vengeance daily doe both call and cry.
Psal. 50. 22.
You little thinke on this, it doth appeare;
For if you did, you would not now be here.
John 20. 26, 27.
But you those secret places doe frequent,
Joh. 21. 13.
Where you your time have oftentimes mis-spent:
Eph. 4. 19.
In drinking, dicing, whoring, and such like
Eccles. 11. 9
You take your pleasure, and in the darke night
Ps. 55. 10.
walke the streets, where Watchmen then, like Cats,
Seize on you, as you are, like drunken Rats;
Psal. 59. 6.
And hither they you bring, where you are mad
Untill the
Joh. 24. 17
morning, and then you grow sad,
Because th'officious Constable so witty,
That's never out of office in this Citty,
Pro 7. 7, 8.
Who finding you disguis'd and voyd of wit,
Could doe no lesse but speedily commit
You to this Prison, from whence you must goe
Along with him, like sodden sheep; and so
You bring before the next Justice of Peace,
Who will out of this Prison you release,
When you have payd for swearing, and likewise
Your fees discharg'd, then you will soone advise
What place to goe to, where you may relate
To your companions, at what a cheap rate
You have escap'd the punishment then due
For your foule misdemeanors, which is true:
And then your wicked crew, when they heare this,
Ecclus. 5. 4.
They'll doe the like, and thinke it not amisse:
For they thinke, if they money have to pay,
Pro. 14. 9.
They may commit such follies every day.
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2 Esd. 7. 56.
Not knowing what vengeance hangs o're their heads,
Judith 13. 2. 8. 15.
Whilst they lye sleeping in their drinke on beds.
Hab. 1. 4. Eccles 8. 11.
Thinke not though earthly Judges doe forbeare
To punish vicious fellowes as you are,
Jude 15. Ecclus 41. 8.
That God will spare to execute his just
And severe judgement on you for your lust.
Pro. 5. 21. Ecclus 17. 19. 20.
He notice takes of all your wayes, therefore
Ecclus 17. 25. & 35. 3.
Your sinfull wicked courses now abhorre:
Hos. 14. 4. Jer. 3. 12. 2 Pet. 3. 9.
His anger then from you hee'le turne away,
So that you shall ne're perish nor decay.
Goe then from hence,
2 Tim. 2. 22. 1 Pet. 2. 11.
abstaine from vaine delights,
Forsake all such
Job 17. 12.
as turne dayes into nights.
Psal. 10 [...]. 2
Behave your selves like men that live in fame,
Jude 10.
And not like to bruit beasts,
Zeph. 3. 5.
that have no shame.
'Tis knowne that you have got by being here
The title of base Rats, at which men jeere;
And not unfitly are such names impos'd
On you, that are within this place inclos'd:
For you like Rats, in the darke silent night,
Jer. 6. 5.
More mischiefe doe, then in the day that's bright.
If Rats finde food, they I feed on't all night long,
1 Thes. 5. 7
At which time you drinke most, be't ne're so strong.
I'th night Rats are more troublesome then i'th day:
And so are you,
Job 36. 12 Jude v. 8.
that will no lawes obey.
Rats in the night, when they thinke least, are taken,
Esa. 8. 15.
And so are you; you are not then forsaken.
Rats of themselves goe freely in the Trap;
Job 18. 10
But you to this Trap are brought, 'tis your hap.
The greatest difference I find between you,
Is, that they have foure legs, and you but two.
I wish your fellow Rats which us annoy,
Would goe with you when you hence goe away.
I wish when you from hence are gone, you would
Pro. 26. 11.
Never more be (as you are now) befool'd.
Ecclus 19. 2. 3.
Drinke (and Tobacco) taken in excesse,
Ecclus 19. 2. 1 Esdr. 3. 22.
Make wise men fooles,
Ps. 107. 17
and fooles come to distresse.
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Ecclus 19. 23.
Those that delight in harlots shall at length
Ecclus 23. 16.
Be full of foule diseases, and want
Pro. 31. 3.
The rich man that's a gamester, let him know,
Whether he win or lose, hee'le be brought low,
The wretched swearer, that may sweare his fill,
If he can pay for oathes, the Judge then will
Let him goe free, yet he's the Devils slave,
Ezek. 5. 3.
The curse of God will follo him to his grave.
Hos. 4. 2.
You that to these vices are now addicted,
Hos. 4. 3.
Shall for the same be one day much afflicted;
Col. 3. 5. 6.
If you your wicked lives doe not amend,
Heb. 10. 31 Pro. 19. 29.
Gods judgements shall o'retake you in the end,
Psal. 1. 5.
Which judgements you by no meanes can prevent,
Acts 8. 22.
Unlesse the Lord give you grace to repent,
Which he will doe,
Jam. 3. 17.
if you can him intreat,
Esa. 1. 18. Jer. 26. 13.
pardon all your sins, though ne're so great.
Oh, what a happy thing will it be then,
When you all vice give o're,
Gal. 6. 15. Eph. 4. 24.
and bee new men!
Phil. 4. 8.
You'le then bethinke your selves of better things,
Psal. 18. 44
And yeeld obedience to the
1 Tim. 6. 15
King of Kings.
Joh. 12. 26.
Your service hee'le reward here and above,
Mat. 22. 37. Tob. 13. 14.
Wherefore above all things doe you him love:
Ecclus 2. 15. 16. Psal. 119 104.
And then all vice and wickednesse you'le hate,
Ps. 128. 1.
So that you'le be in a most blessed state.
Jam. 4. 7.
shall the Devill away from you flye,
Rom. 14. 8.
And you in Gods favour shall live and dye.

To the Carrier, a Prisoner.

THou that a Carrier art, I must thee tell,
Thou hast not carried thy selfe very well:
For if thou had'st, it might be well suppos'd,
Thou had'st not at this time beene here inclos'd.
[Page 35] Doubtlesse thou wast very much overseene,
To take up this base prison for thine Inne.
But seeing now thy nest thou hast here built,
Think not thou canst depart hence when thou wilt:
For now thou art here, here thou shalt be stay'd,
Untill thy reckoning to a Doit be payd:
And what thy Chamberlaine doth say is due,
Thou must needs pay, be't ne're so false or true:
When thou call'st to thine Host out of the grate
For food, hee'le send it thee at his owne rate.
Yet if thou pay not for it beforehand,
For all thy calling hee'le not understand.
I'le undertake thou shalt be here so yoak'd,
That the proud Tapster will first see thee choak'd
Before hee'le trust thee for a little drinke,
Though thou intreat him, yet hee'le from thee slinke.
Coarse entertainment thou shalt finde and see,
The longer thou art here, the worse t'will be;
So well t'will like thee, that I dare maintaine,
When thou art gone thou'lt ne're come here againe.
Yet let me tell thee one thing by the way,
If thou should'st be disorder'd every day
In drink or otherwise, with knaves or whores,
Yet will not thine host turne thee out of doores:
Nay though thy carriage should be ne're so base,
Thou shalt be kept safe in this lawlesse place.
Wherefore discharge thy reckoning and be trudging;
Doe not delay the time to change thy lodging.
But how cam'st thou behind hand, canst thou tell,
That thou should'st be constrain'd here now to dwell?
Thou must needs say, that
Pro. 23. 21.
thy ill husbandry
Hath brought thee to this great calamity.
Exod. 9. 21
Thou hast beene carelesse,
Pro. 14. 15.
and too credulous,
And therefore it must needs be with thee thus.
P [...] [...]6 25▪
For he that will beleeve every tale,
And make mad bargaines,
when he's in his Ale,
[Page 36] And his calling neglects, which should maintaine
His charge so great
Ps. 104. 23
by his labour and paine,
Job 34. 8. Pro. 28. 7.
He that's thus drawne away by company,
Pro. 28. 19.
Doubtlesse shall come to extreame poverty.
In all which thou canst not thy selfe excuse,
Though late, yet now,
1 Cor. 5. 11
bad company refuse.
Where are thy pot-companions, and thy crew
Of good fellowes? they bid thee now adieu:
Esa. 57. 13.
They'le not come neere thee, now thou art in trouble▪
Because thou hast not meanes with them to fuddle.
Joel 1. 5.
drunkards are by drunkards call'd good fellowes,
Which rather should be call'd the Devils bellowes.
For he with them blowes and kindles the fire
Pro. 23. 29, 30. Ecclus 31. 29.
Of quarrels and debate, which they desire.
A good riddance thou hast of them, therefore
Psal. 26. 5.
Desire thou their company no more.
And when thou hast thy liberty, doe not
Count him thy friend that's given to the pot.
For such a one will
Ecclus 19. 1
cause thee to foreslow.
Thy businesse, which may cuase thy overthrow.
Thy wise and servants may doe what thy can,
Ecclus 11. 11.
Yet 'twill not thrive till thou be
2 Cor. 5. 17.
a new man.
But thou thy freedome hast not yet obtain'd,
Lam. 3. 7.
'Tis God that hath thee hitherto restrain'd,
2 Chron. 33. 12.
And if thou unto him dost now repaire
In all humility by hearty prayer:
Confessing all thy sinnes, then make no doubt,
Jer. 38. 10.
But he will raise thee friends to get thee out.
Consider how the Lord thou hast offended,
Amos 6. 6.
And yet thy sinfull life hast not amended:
Thy Carts were ne're charg'd with commoditie,
Esay 1. 4.
As thou art laden with iniquity.
Yet when unto the Inne they come, then they
Unladen are without any delay:
Mat. 11. 28.
thou that laden art so much with sin,
Goe to thy Saviour Christ, and seeke to win
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Joh. 14. 21.
His love by thy obedience to his will,
Mat. 11. 29
And he will ease thee, be thou ne're so ill.
Thy waggon wheeles, when they want grease, doe cry,
And keep a squeeking, till thou them supply.
So when thou feel'st the want of grace,
Heb. 4. 16.
cease not
To cry to God, till thou the same hast got:
Heb. 12. 15
For wanting that, thou canst not but offend
Thy gracious God,
Jer. 14. 10.
for which cause he doth send
These troubles, which his rods are to reclaime
Thee from those sins,
Ezek. 33. 10.
in which thou hast long laine:
Psal. 44 10 Hos. 5. 15.
That by his chastisement thou may'st be brought
To serve God likewise,
Col. 2. 7▪
as thou hast been taught.
Thou know'st, thy teeme of horses, though well fed,
Like pamper'd Jades, they care not to be led
Out of the Stable to thy Waggons, where
They are put to doe service, 'tis thy care:
Yet if sometimes they are not whipp'd and beaten,
They'll doe no service, though thou them dost threaten.
If God in like manner should not thee give
Ps. 119. 71.
Correction, then in sin thou wonld'st still live,
Deut. 8. 11
And him forget to serve, that hath alwayes
Ps. 121. 7, 8.
Defended thee from danger all thy dayes.
Wherefore be
Ps. 100. 4.
thankfull to the Lord for this
His love to thee,
Joh. 5 14.
and doe no more amisse;
Then when thy libertie thou shalt obtaine,
Thou may'st with credit
2 Thes. 3. 12.
doe thy worke againe,
Luk. 19. 15, 16, 17.
And thy calling discharge more faithfully
Then e're thou didst when thou hadst more plenty.
Thy waggon wheeles, if thou not'st, when they goe,
That part that's now above, anon's below:
Then that part that's below, again's on high;
Thus are all men subject to casualtie:
1 Cor. 10. 12.
There's no man breathing can say he stands fast;
1 Sam. 2. 7.
The rich man that's up now, is soon down cast:
1 Sam. 2. 8.
the poore man that is full of sorrow,
May be a poore man now, and rich to morrow.
[Page 38] Observe thy waggon wheeles on the high way,
Which never cease turning about, till they
By turning, gain the place where thou would'st be
Of thy lading discharg'd: then thou art free.
So likewise should'st thou turne about, untill
Thou turne not, as the wheeles turne in a mill.
Job 36. 10. Ecclus. 17. 26.
But turning from thy sinnes, thou shalt have rest,
Rom. 8. 28.
And then the Lord will turne all to the best.
And if by chance one of thy wheeles should breake
Upon the way, thou then would'st send to speake
Unto the Wheele-right, to come and repaire
That breach, lest thou should'st be forc'd to stay there.
John 3. 4.
So when thou dost fall into any sin,
1 Pet. 4. 1, 2.
Doe not at any hand lie long therein;
But quickly
1 John 2, 1
goe to Christ, and hee'll thee give
Grace to amend,
Rom. 6. 2.
that thou in no sinne live.
Observe thy horses, (which doe stand in awe)
Their heavy lading they doe forward draw,
So that by drawing thus, it's often seen,
They in due time come safely to their Inne:
But if one of those horses should draw back,
Their labour then were lost, and thou shouldst lack.
Now if thou, with thy wife, and servants all
1 Thes. 4▪ 11, 12. Ps. 133. 1.
Agree together, then thy businesse shall
Goe forward, and no doubt but
Deut. 28. 12
God will blesse
And prosper thy endeavours more or lesse.
Jam. 3. 16. Gal. 5. 15.
But if together you doe not agree,
Thou canst not thrive, 'twill be the worse for thee.
Psal. 25. 1.
lift up thy soule to God on hie,
For hee's
Heb. 13. 20.
the God of peace and unitie:
Psal. 5. 8.
Hee'll set all straight, and thou shalt quickly finde
Job 14. 14.
A happy change, according to thy minde.

To the Master of the Tap-house.

THou art
Judg. 3. 17. Psal. 73. 7.
so fat, that thou canst hardly run,
And halfe as bigi'th middle as a Tun:
Luk. 12, 19
Thou tak'st thine ease, and hast
& 16. 19.
daily good fare,
Amos 6. 6:
Thou drink'st good wine, untill thine eyes doe stare.
Though thou a mighty man art in this place,
Yet liv'st thou by those that live in disgrace.
Thou dost
Luk. 3. 13.
exact on pris'ners that are here,
By selling such things as thou hast, too deere.
Thy beere, though dead and low, yet dost thou thinke
It's for poore pris'ners good enough to drinke:
Thy ale though small, and measure very little,
Poore prisoners must have that, or none to tipple.
Thy bread though not full waight,
Josh. 9. 12.
and nere so stale,
Thou think'st it good enough to sop in ale.
Thy cheese which thou mark'st out so neat and round,
At thy rate is almost two groats a pound.
Thy rich tobacco, which poore fooles are faine
To buy at thy deare rate, yeelds thee sweet gaine.
Thy pretty fine faggots, as green as geese,
Thou think'st too cheape at seven tokens apeece.
Thy candles, which are made of kitchin stuffe,
Are quickly burnt out to a stinking snuffe.
Thou art so wise, that thou no coales wilt sell
To pris'ners which within this house doe dwell;
Neither wilt thou suffer their friends to bring
Them such fuell, though it them cost nothing.
What is the reason? let me tell thee plaine,
Because by fagots thou so much dost gaine,
Regarding not
Jer. 38. 9.
what pris'ners doe endure,
So thou get'st meanes to satisfie the Brewer:
[Page 40] For by thy liquor thou gain'st most of all,
And that by drunkards: who doe cry and yall
For drinke, though they are full; yet when they will
Hab. 2. 15.
Have more, their pots thou wilt be sure to fill.
Then they will drinke till they
Ps. 107. 27.
reele to and fro,
Not being able of themselves to goe.
These are thy friends, which thou wilt not see lack
So long as they have a coat to their back:
And if such fellowes were not in this house,
Thy trading then would scarce be worth a louse.
Est. 1. 8.
Now when a civill man comes, that can't drinke
More then will doe him good, thou then dost thinke
Hee's no good customer, let him stand by,
For his roome's better then his company.
An honest man,
Levit. 25. 35.
that's fallen to decay,
If he ask credit of thee for a day,
But for a penny loafe, or pot of beere,
Though he intreat thee, yet thou wilt not heare:
Nay, if he should be sick, ready to dye,
For want thereof, thou wouldst not him supply.
If pris'ners have a minde to drinke i'th night,
No roome thoul't spare, unlesse they'll pay for light.
Such orders thou hast made, which I dare say,
May hold a while, which pris'ners must obay:
But if thou thus continu'st
Col. 3. 25.
to doe wrong,
Thou may'st thy selfe a prisoner be ere long.

To the Card-player, a Prisoner.

ALl thy delight's here in playing at Cards,
And usually with those that have
Pro. 20▪ 29.
gray beards,
Old men that dote,
Zech. 8. 4.
and have one foot i'th grave,
Although in prison, yet they needs must have
[Page 41] A payre of Cards, to drive the time away,
And then their heads together they will lay:
Making their matches with such eagernesse,
As if they were about great businesse.
All which is for Tobacco and strong Beere,
Tit. 2. 2.
Which they will have, although it cost them deare.
And when they doe mistake, they then fall out,
And in great choler throw their Cards about.
But why should'st thou,
Pro. 20. 29.
that art lustly and strong,
Pro. 21. 17.
Sit at this idle sport all the day long?
Before thou cam'st to prison, thou didst spend
Thy chiefest time in Carding most an end.
Pro. 18. 19
Which idle course of life, I must needs say,
Hath beene the onely cause of thy decay.
But now thou art a pris'ner in this place,
Me thinks thou should'st not have so little grace
As to continue playing in this kinde,
Heb. 6. 9.
When thou to better things should give thy minde.
I wonder of what mettle thou art made,
That thou should'st alwayes follow such a trade.
But seeing now thou wilt not be reclaim'd
From Carding, by which thou say'st thou hast gain'd;
Know this from me, whether thou lose or win,
Thou art a loser
1 Joh. 3. 4.
by committing sin.
When thou the Cards dost deale▪ afraid thou art
To lose thy dealing, for 'twill vex thy heart.
Pro. 10. 4.
Yet thou thy dealing hast now lost with those
By whom thou got'st money, meat, drink, and cloathes.
When thou the Cards didst cut, thou know'st not where
To cut them, yet thereof thou hast a care.
Ps. 106. 1 [...]
If thou hadst beene cut short of thine owne will,
When thou wast free, thou might'st have beene so still.
When thou the Cards dost shuffle at thine ease,
Such a game thou mayst have as may thee please.
Tit. 1. 1 [...].
A shuffling fellow thou hast beene, those say,
Which oft advis'd thee to give over play.
[Page 42] When thou a good game hast, thou bend'st thy wits
Thy game to play well, to get many trickes:
If all be true, I lately understood,
Micah 2. 1.
Thou hast more tricks then e're will doe thee good.
When thou hast store of Trumps thou then dost grin,
And fleere, because thou then art sure to win.
Pro. 15. 14
Thou with much trump'ry art stor'd every day,
Which thou wilt keepe, and never play away.
When one a ten doth play, the trick to save,
Thou that trick winn'st by playing of the knave.
Psal. 7. 14.
Thou hast oft times the knave play'd, and yet hast
Not got thereby, but greatly lost at last.
When thou dost rub, thou then art very glad,
Because thy game can then be hardly bad.
A dangerous
2 Chron. 28. 26.
rub thou hast in this place, which
Will make thee rub and scratch where't doth not itch.
Againe, when thou dost rub thou art a getter,
The stock thou gain'st, which makes thy game the better.
Thou had'st in former time a pretty stock,
Job 15. 29.
Which thou by play hast lost, like a Wood-cocke.
If thou renounce, and wilt not follow suit,
Thou play'st foule play, and causest a dispute.
Jam. 47.
Renounce the Devill, and his workes, lest he
Follow thee close, and never renounce thee.
When thou a Card discard'st, it is conceiv'd,
'Tis for the best, yet may'st thou be deceiv'd.
Those that discarded thee, did play their game
Exceeding well,
Pro. 9. 7.
for thou those friends did'st shame.
If these the fruits of idle Carding be,
For shame give't o're, that thy best friends may see
Some alteration in thee in this place,
Psal. 65. 4.
And that thou wilt some goodnesse now imbrace.
'Twill be a meanes thou mayst once more obtaine
Their love
Pro. 11. 27.
and favour, to help thee againe
Out of this nasty place, where
Psal. 70. 5.
thou dost lack
Food for thy belly, and clothes to thy back.
[Page 43] And likewise may for thee a way contrive,
How in some honest calling
Deut. 29. 9.
thou mayst thrive.
Which course of life no doubt but God will blesse,
Ps. 118. 5.
And keep thee from living in such distresse.

To the Papist, a Prisoner.

THou art not here afflicted (as thou know'st)
For thy Religion, but for what thou ow'st.
Thy creditor
Rev. 3. [...]6.
doth not much stand upon
Religion, so he may but have his owne.
For he's a man that's rich, and
Col. 3. 5.
Which makes him, as thou art, idolatrous.
Now thou art here,
Job 21. 34.
small comfort thou shalt finde
From him, and others, 'twill trouble thy minde.
For when thou art in want, and otherwise
Afflicted here, thy friends
Job 12. 5.
will thee despise.
Then wilt thou in a poore condition be,
Num. 14. 43.
If God be not thy friend, to stand by thee.
1 Sam. 28. 16.
But thou that hast made God thine enemy,
Esa. 42. 17.
By trusting gods that are meere vanity:
Adhering to the
Rev. 17. 1. 5
Whore of Babylon,
Rev. 17. 14.
The enemy of Christ, Gods onely Sonne,
Ezek. 14. 7, 8.
Canst not from that great God true comfort have,
Rev. 14. 8.
That art to that
& 17. 4.
great Whore such a bondslave.
What an erronious Church dost thou live in,
That to all men
Gal. 5. 13. Ecclus 15. 20.
gives liberty to sinne?
The Pope,
2 Thes. 2. 3
that man of sin (who is mis-led
By Satan) is of that false Church the head.
That head that hath on it a triple crowne,
2 Thes 2 8
Shall one day be by
Eph. 5. 23.
Christ our Head pull'd downe.
The Pope, with his
Rev. 9 3.
Locusts, his underlings,
Have power, as thou beleev'st,
Mar. 2. 7.
to pardon sins.
[Page 44] But if such sinners as to them doe goe
To have their sinnes forgiven, they must know,
If they fall short of money to obtaine
Their pardons, then their labour's but in vaine.
In what a poore deistressed case art thou,
That want'st thy liberty, and know'st now how
A little meanes to get, that art in debt,
That thou a pardon for thy sinnes may'st get?
What though thou think'st thy sins be ne're so small?
No pardon thou shalt have for them at all,
Unlesse thy ghostly Father thou content
With money, then though thou doe not repent,
Esa. 43. 25
He'le pardon them, though they be ne're so great;
Rev. 12. 9. 2▪ Cor. 4. 4.
Thus doth the Devill all such blinde fooles cheat.
Oh! how are all the members of thy Church
2 Thess. 2. 11.
Deluded, and at last left in the lurch?
That cannot be a true, but false religion▪
Which most wise men thereof have in derision.
The Religion of the Romish Church is such,
Rev. 17. 4.
As is polluted and defiled much:
The wickednesse thereof cannot be hid,
Mar. 7. 9.
For that maintaines that, which Gods Lawes forbid,
Lev. 26. 1.
1 Cor. 10. 4.
which true Christians abhor,
1 King. 12 19. 1 Pet. 2. 13. 14
Rebellion against Princes, and yet more,
Lev. 20. 10.
Adultery, and
1 Cor. 6. 18.
fornication, which
Them permitted is, to poore and rich;
Zach. 5. 4.
1 Tim. 1. 10.
Gen. 19. 36.
Incest, and such like
2 Chron. 36. 14.
Abhominations, of which they make light.
Those Popish Clergy doe and will maintaine,
Because thereby they have much
1 Tim. 3. 3
filthy gaine:
This seemes a brave Religion to th'unwise,
That's stuft with
2 Pet. 2. 1.
base old heresies, and lyes.
What good dost thinke from thy Religion springs,
Rom▪ 16. 17.
That contradicts it selfe in many things?
But when
Psal. 119. 140.
the Word of God, which is so pure,
Heb. 12. 3.
Is thereby cross'd, who can the same endure?
[Page 45] But
2 Cor. 6. 15
truth and falshood we shall never see
As long as this world lasts, e're to agree.
Acts 3. 17.
Thou that in ignorance hast been so long bred,
1 Joh. 2. 21
Know'st not the truth, no more then he that's dead.
Mat. 23. 4.
ignorant Clergie,
Heb. 10. 26
that the truth would smother,
Say, Ignorance of devotion is the mother.
What greater ignorance then, can there be found,
Then in the Romish Church,
Hos. 4. 6.
that's therein drown'd?
How can it otherwise be, when they deny
Acts 17. 11
The Scriptures to be read to the Laity?
Such orders they have made; and besides this▪
Whatso'ere they doe, be't ne're so much amisse:
Yet will they not by Gods pure
Ps. 105. 19.
word be try'd,
Jer. 8. 9. Pro. 13. 13.
Because they never could the same abide.
It is no marvell then, they are so vile,
2 Thess. 2. 10.
Whom Satan their leader doth thus beguile:
For he conducts them cleane
2 Pet. 2. 15.
out of the way,
1 Joh. 4. 6.
From truth to errours, for they him obey.
Rev. 19. 19
Such as under the Devils banner fight
Against their Maker, the great God of might,
Rev. 19. 20
Shall lose the battell▪ and likewise be sure
Eternall captivitie to endure.
Rev. 14. 9. 10.
Such shall th'estate and the condition be
Of all Idolaters▪ that from God flee.
Wild. 14. 27, 28.
for such regard not what sinnes they commit,
As dumb Idols and Images worship.
Psal. 37. 12. Micah 2. 1.
What devillish plots and practises have been
Psal. 124. 7.
Discover'd here against our King and Queen,
And all our Royall Issue, with our State▪
By all the Romish Sect,
Mat. 5. 12.
who scorne and hate
All Christians, which the Gospell doe professe
2 Cor. 1. 12
With all sinceritie: yet ne're the lesse
1 King. 6. 20.
They would have blowne up all, ('twas their intent)
When they assembled were in Parliament.
Those that unto their
Mat. 15. 9.
Doctrine will not yeeld,
Heb. 11. 39.
Shall be tormented, scourg'd▪ and at last kill'd:
[Page 46]
Heb. 11. 37
Such crueltie they use to Christs poore members,
As if in hell there were no such offenders.
This Church
Rev. 17. 5.
(the mother of harlots) is knowne
To be the Church
Acts 17. 22
of Ceremonies alone:
Job 21. 12.
Organs with other sweet musick, and singing,
Baruch 6. 19.
candles lighted, Bookes, and Bells oft ringing:
Rich Copes, fine Beads, and holy water, which
With other rare conceits that some bewitch:
Ps. 115. 4. Baruch 6. 39.
Brave images, and pictures of some Saints,
And Angels, which they say, heare their complaints.
Crosses guilded with gold, beset with stones,
And Relicks, whereof some are dead mens bones,
And some are teeth, heads, armes, and other parts
Of Saints dismembred, which grieves not their hearts
To see what monsters they of some Saints make,
At which the wiser sort their heads doe shake.
One Saint at severall places had three heads,
Sixe armes another, and a third foure leggs.
There was a Saint in England, we are told,
That had more teeth then two hogs-heads could hold.
2 Thes. 2. 11.
Such lying fopperies Papists maintaine,
Ps. 106. 39.
As meerly are devis'd by their owne braine.
A man would wonder, in this age, to see
What strange disorder'd orders now there be
Ordained in the Church of Rome, whereby
That Church is much enrich'd; but the Country
And Kingdomes that are subject thereunto,
Are much impoverish'd, some they quite undoe.
So many Sects there are, both high and low,
Of Clergie-men, which they themselves scarce know:
Esay 2. 17.
The lofty Cardinalls, proud and ambitious;
The Jesuites,
Acts 13. 50
which are every where seditious;
1 Pet. 5. 3.
The domineering Bishops, which have cures;
The lazie [Monks]
Mat. 23. 4 Psal 37 7.
that are meere Epicures▪
The drunken Priests,
Esay 44. 15. 16.
who eat their breaden Gods;
Jer. 5. 8.
The lecherous [Friers] who whip Nuns with rods;
[Page 47] The Capuchins, who weare to shirts, and goe
By two and two,
Mat. 23. 28.
are hypocrites we know▪
And divers other Orders from Rome sent,
With unchaste Nuns, make up the
Jer. 5. 27.
These Popish Clergie are
1 Tim. 4. 3.
forbid to marry,
Hos. 7. 4.
And yet from common whores cannot long tarry.
1 Cor. 7. 9.
Their reines must needs be purg'd by maids or wives,
Else they'll be sick, and endanger their lives.
It is more lawfull for a Priest to have
Ten Concubines, then one wife, ne're so brave.
1 Tim. 4. 1.
Devillish doctrine is taught unto those
That are apt Schollers, whom their Master knowes.
They likewise doe on certaine dayes
1 Tim. 4. 3.
Flesh to be eaten; and yet they instead
Of flesh may eat of other things their fill,
With dainty Cakes and sweet-meates, if they will,
And sev'rall sorts of wine of pleasant taste;
This is the manner of the Popish Fast.
If thou such fasting dayes could'st here observe,
Though thou fast often, yet thou need'st not starve.
But what a wicked custome have those got,
1 Cor. 14. 14.
That in a strange tongue pray, which they know not?
Yet ignorant Papists pray as they are taught,
Although their prayers (God knowes) are starke naught:
For when they understand not what they say,
They doe but prate; a Parrat may so pray.
1 King. 18. 26.
The forme and substance of their prayer's such
As doth the Lord dishonour very much:
Luk. 11. 2.
For to some Saints they pray, and cannot tell
Whether those Saints in heav'n be, or in hell.
Whether true Saints, or Popish Saints,
Jer. 11. 12.
they faile
That to them pray; 'twill nothing them availe:
Yet when this Popish crew want helpe, they then
Pray to those Saints, which were but mortall men.
The Virgin Mary,
Jer. 7. 18.
she's more call'd upon
Then Christ
Luk. 1. 47.
her Saviour, the
Mat. 21. 42.
chiefe corner stone.
[Page 48]
Rev. 19. 10. & 22, 8, 9. Col. 2. 18.
Angels that are Gods servants, as Saints be,
They worship, for their Church doth so agree.
Exo. 20. 4.
Carv'd Images and pictures on the wall,
Crosses, Relicks, and other things withall
Psal. 115. 4, 5, 6, 7.
That have no life, yet
Jer. 50. 38.
they like beasts doe creepe
And crawle to them, sometimes i'th open street:
Exo. 20. 5.
And when they are thus prostrate, then they cry
Unto those Idols, their wants to supply.
So soone as people dye, their
Mat. 25. 46.
soules doe goe
To heaven or hell, the word of God saith so.
Yet those ungodly Papists have invented
A place besides hell, where soules are tormented;
That place of Purgatory, where they say,
The soules must needs be
Heb. 1. 3.
purg'd before that day.
They are deliver'd thence, therefore they make
For those soules prayers, which lye in that lake.
Thus those, that are in thy religion bred,
In vaine doe pray for their friends, which are dead.
Beleeve me, if a Purgatory be
On earth, 'tis here, thou canst not chuse but see.
This place will thee so purge, thou need'st not care
To be purged againe, thou know'st not where.
The Romish Church, like Pharisies and Scribes,
Mar. 7. 13.
Preferre mens vaine Traditions▪ (like
Mat. 23. 24.
blinde guides)
Before the written word of God, which none
But such blasphemers
Lev. 26. 15▪ 16. Pro. 13. 13.
doe despise alone:
For they
Rev. 22. 18.
adde thereunto, and
& 19.
from it take
That which shall make their soules in hell to quake.
Their great legend of
Psal. 52. 3.
lyes is more set by
Pro. 30. 5.
Gods pure word,
Job 37. 22.
that's full of Majesty.
Exo. 34. 28
ten Commandements of God, wherein
Deut. 32. 34 Col 2. 3.
A masse of treasure's lockt up to the brim:
Those Clergie have the second cleane left out:
And of the last made two: there is no doubt
Esa. 33. 22.
But God, that gave those lawes, will suddenly
Psal. 97. 7.
Bring them to shame for their Idolatry,
[Page 49] Which sin's against that great Commandement,
And that's the reason the Counsell of Trent
Would not have that once mention'd, lest thereby
Act. 17. 16 Jer. 5. 31.
Their people should forbeare Idolatry.
Though in
Pro. 7. 2.
Gods Law all sins are comprehended,
Yet have those out-law'd Clergy recommended
Unto their people five Command'ments more
Then e're the primitive Church heard of before.
Which lawes are so observ'd without excuse,
Jer. 9. 13. 14, 15.
As Gods Lawes now are almost out of use.
Luk. 11. 42.
That man that breakes but one Commandement
Of theirs, must penance doe, though he repent:
But if he should at once breake all Gods Lawes,
No penance he should doe: and why? because
Ezek. 16. 20
The sins against those Lawes are very small,
1 John 3. 4. 8.
And some such sins they count but veniall:
The Priest therefore no penance will enjoyne
To such a sinner, though he have no coine.
Exod. 20. 8.
The Lords day all true Christians sanctifie
An holy rest to God our Lord on high:
Act. 20. 7.
Which day's appointed to read, heare, and pray,
Exod. 20. 10.
And no worke to be done upon that day.
But those prophane and wretched Papists hold,
Neh. 10. 31
That wares on that day may be bought and sold.
After they have i'th morning beene at Masse,
Neh. 13. 15.
Some goe to worke, and some their time doe passe
Esa. 58. 13
In wanton sports; thus they may worke or play
On that day more then any holy day.
Christ only hath
Eph. 4. 5. 1 Cor. 11. 26.
two Sacraments ordain'd,
Which in his Church shall ever be maintain'd:
The Church of Rome hath added thereunto
Five Sacraments more, which they ought not to doe.
The two which Christ ordain'd, these men unwise
Sophisticate with their ceremonies:
The other five they never could maintaine
As Sacraments to be joyn'd with those twaine.
[Page 50] Now this corrupted Church, with much envie,
Pro. 30 6.
Adde what they list to Gods Word wrongfully.
The Canons of the Masse they hold equall
Unto the
Rev. 14. 6.
Gospel, which is eternall.
This hellish doctrine they hold, and so would
Heb. 13 9.
Have all the world beleeve it, if they could:
And to win credit thereunto, we know
Rev. 16. 14
They did false miracles devise, and so
Amaz'd the people, and made some to jarre;
Rev. 19. 20 Bell and Dra. 13. 14. 20. 21.
But now their juggling trickes discover'd are.
These are the blinde Scribes, and Pharisees, that
Mat. 23. 24
Swallow a Camell, and straine at a Gnat.
And yet these merit-mongers, though they be
Psal. 101. 8
Such wicked livers, as the world may see:
Luk. 17. 10
They thinke to merit heaven by their good workes:
Such wicked Christians are as bad as Turkes.
Joh. 8. 44.
these sonnes of their Father, that old Lyer,
Say men may doe more then Gods Lawes require.
Jude 11.
Such damnable and wicked errours these
Base Antichristians teach, even as they please.
Psal. 106. 35 36.
Thou art one of their Schollers, here despis'd,
Forget their lessons,
Pro. 19. 20.
and be well advis'd.
It may be God to this Schoole hath thee brought,
Esa. 29. 24.
To learne a lesson which thou ne're wast taught.
If thou wilt therefore
Esa. 34. 16.
Gods Book take in hand,
Luk. 24. 45
And learne the same rightly to understand,
1 Cor. 10. 14.
Thou wilt abandon all that Popish crew,
Luk. 12. 32
And be of Christs poore flocke, though they be few:
Act. 8. 32.
Reade then the holy Scriptures with delight,
Tim. 4 13.
1 Joh. 1. 5. [...].
O that will make thee see darknesse from light.
The prayer [...]
Though thou a great idolater hast beene
Long time,
Eph. 5. 16.
yet now thy time seeke to redeeme:
Psal. 69. 5.
And if thou call'st thy grievous sins to minde,
[...] 21.
Seeking to God for mercy, thou shalt finde
[...] Pet. 2. 10 [...] 45. 8.
That he his gracious favour will extend
Unto thee here,
[...] 4. 1.
and free thee in the end.
[Page 51]
2 King. 21▪ 2. &c.
Manasseh was a great idolater,
As thou and others of thy Church now are:
2 Chron. 33. 10.
He would not hearken to the Lord, untill
V. 11.
He was in great affliction, very ill;
V. 12.
He being led into captivity,
Humbled himselfe, and to the Lord did cry;
V. 13.
Who heard his voice, that was in such distresse,
And did out of that bondage him release;
Prayer of Manasseh.
Be thou like him, now thou afflicted art,
Psal. 32. 5.
Confesse thy sins to God, with all thy heart.
1 Joh. 2. 28 Psal. 31. 6.
In him alone put all thy confidence;
Ps. 86. 11.
Embrace the truth, let it be thy defence.
Ps. 51. 13.
Thou being thus converted, God will thy
Body and soule
2 Tim. 4. 18.
preserve continually.
Then as Manasseh was deliver'd, so
Shalt thou likewise, then
2 Chron. 33. 13.
thou the Lord wilt know.
Thou being then
1 Cor. 1. 4.
endued with Gods grace,
Psal. 92. 1.
Wilt give him thankes that brought thee to this place,
Where thou shalt not stay long, if thou him love,
1 Pet. 1. 4.
For hee'le remove thee to a place above;
1 Cor. 6. 9.
To which place no Idolater shall goe,
Rev. 14. 11
For their dwelling shall be in hell below.
But those that are
Eph. 5. 30.
Christs members, when they dye,
Joh. 17. 24.
Shall live with him their
Col. 1. 18.
head eternally.

To his Brother:

I Must confesse thou art
1 Sam. 17. 28.
my elder brother,
But if in Barkshire there be such another,
I am deceiv'd; yet can I not forbeare
In my distresse,
Job 13. 17.
but this to thee declare:
Five months and upward in this place have I
A pris'ner beene, thou canst it not deny;
[Page 52] In all which time
2 Chron. 18, 26.
although thou knew'st my griefe,
Would'st not at all send me the least reliefe.
Had it not beene for some here, that me cherish'd
At certaine times,
Psal. 9. 18.
I might have starv'd and perish'd
Ruth 2. 14. Luke 10. 33.
More love have I from these poore strangers found,
Then from thy selfe, since this world on me frown'd.
But now in prison I am, thou know'st where,
Luke 10. 31. 32.
Whether I sinke or swim, thou tak'st no care.
Hadst thou a feeling of my misery,
1 John 4. 20.
Thou could'st not have so little charity
Psal. 69. 8.
Thus to neglect me, now I am in thrall,
But that thou art
2 Tim. 3. 3
to me unnaturall.
Consider therefore,
Zech. 7. 9.
and doe not forget
Thy brother, that's imprisoned for debt.
I was thy friend, and am thy brother, tho
In Prison,
Job 16. 20.
where false friends will not me know.
Thou art my brother, yet I must thee tell,
Pro. 18. 24
A true friend's neerer to me, I know well.
Let me therefore not onely thee advise
1 Thes. 4. 9.
To be my brother, but my friend likewise.
Mat. 7. 12.
Doe as thou would'st be done unto, thou then
Wilt please the Lord, and be belov'd of men.
Rom. 14. 10.
Howsoe're thou deal'st with me, I'le strive to be
Heb. 13. 5.
Contented, and
1 Thes. 5. 25
pray to the Lord for thee:
Hoping, though I in this extremity
Have not thy helpe, yet
1 Thes. 1. 6
God will sanctifie
These great afflictions to me, and me send
Helpe and
2 Pet. 2. 9.
deliv'rance out of them i'th end.
Num. 27. 3
Our father's dead, be not so strange to me,
Whil'st we have breath
Psal. 133. 1.
let us not disagree.
Then though we have no father, hee'le us blesse,
Psal. 6 [...]. 5.
Who is a father of the fatherlesse.

To the mercifull Creditour.

A Poore man thou hast in this Prison layd,
Philem. 11
Who heretofore was by thee well imploy'd.
2 King. 12 15.
Credit thou gav'st him, and did'st him well use,
Whil'st he dealt with thee, yet did he refuse
2 Kin. 4. 7.
To give thee such content as he was able,
And yet without just cause
Pro. 10. 31
did with thee brabble:
Wherefore when thou in him could'st finde no reason,
Psal. 55. 19
Hither thou sent'st him, which was in due season:
For since his being here,
Rom. 8. 13.
he's mortifi'd,
Tit. 3. 3.
That heretofore was stout, and full of pride.
Ecclus 35. 20.
Now in his great distresse, when he to thee
Did make his mone, thou quickly did'st agree,
Jer. 52. 31
Not onely to release him, but also
To set him up againe, that's brought so low.
In all which thou thy [...] to be
1 Pet. 3. 8.
Compassionate, loving, courteous and free.
Mat. 5 7.
Such men are blest that in [...] delight:
For they shall at Gods hands receive the like.
Thy poore debtor when he's out of this place,
May by thy meanes be in a happy [...]
Proc 9. 6.
Leaving his former folly and betake
Himselfe to that which may [...] make
Pro. 6. 1, 2▪
Him feare to run in debt, having a [...]
To live within his [...]
And by degree,
1 Pet. 4. 2.
make best use of his time
As may appeare to that to be a signe
Col. 3. 10.
That he'le a new man be, and by Gods grace
2 pet. 3. 18
Will learne in [...] to [...] a pace:
Then though thy debt he doe discharge, yet still
Philem. 19
He's thy debtor, but not against thy will.
[Page 54] For debts of such a high nature are not
1 Cor. 16. 18.
To be by honest Christians e're forgot:
Which debtors, though
Jam. 2. 5.
they may be poore in spirit,
Will make thee rich, that shalt one day inherit
Mat. 25. 34.
A kingdome, that's for all good men prepar'd,
Which shall be their everlasting reward.
Such creditors God will preserve and keepe,
Psal 71. 20.
Though they in troubles are plung'd ne're so deepe.
If other creditors were like to thee,
This prison which is full, would empty be.
The Jayler and his underlings might then
Goe shake their eares, like poore condition'd men.
But in these dayes we know it to be true,
Esa. 57. 1.
The number of such creditors are few.
Psal. 18. 25
Thou being now thus to thy debtor kinde,
Ecclus 12. 2,
Shalt favour from God thy creditor finde.
Ps. 103. 2.
Blesse thou the Lord,
Jam. 1. 17.
for besides him there's none
That moves men to doe good, but him alone.

To the Captaine, a Prisoner.

WHen Captaines are surpris'd, and lose the field,
1 Sam. 4. 2.
They then unto the enemy must yeeld.
By thy relation,
1 M [...]h. 11. 69 70.
thou hast beene upon
Hot service, which unto thy selfe's best knowne.
Howso'ere thou hast to danger beene expos'd,
Gen▪ 40. 3.
Thou now art here, within this sort inclos'd.
Brought in by
Mat. 5. 15.
those, whose daily exercise
Is to endeavour how they may surprise
And get into their clutches such brave sparkes,
Ecclus. 29. 5. 6.
As study how to run in debt like sharkes:
Ecclus 29. 4
But take no care their debts to satisfie,
Untill they are put to extremity.
[Page 55]
Luk. 12. 58.
The Sergeants, when they meet with such a one,
Although he be a valiant blade, well knowne,
They'le venture on him, be it day or night,
And make him yeeld, although he raile and fight.
And when they have him, they'le make him to know
(Unlesse he bribe them well) he must needs goe
To prison, where hee'le want his liberty,
To spend his youthfull dayes in vanity.
Ezek. 6. 9.
The Prison therefore is the fittest place
For such a Captaine, that runs such a race.
In these dayes
Judith 12. 17▪ 20.
that Captaine is counted brave
And valiant, that's
Psal. 81. 12.
unto his lust a slave.
Which lusts are cause of much
Ecclus 28. 9.
And unjust quarrels there upon increase,
Which cannot be appeas'd by friend nor brother,
Ecclus 28. 11.
Untill they stab and [...] one another.
Such Captaines doe more hurt at home, then they
Doe good abroad i'th wars, as many say.
How many likewise are there at this time
Judg. 3. 2.
That have no skill in marshall discipline,
1 Sam. 17. 10.
And yet they'le brag, as if they durst to fight
With Sir Iohn Old [...]stle, that high flowne Knight?
Their combat
Pro. 6. 26.
is with wenches, when they please,
Who wound them sorely with the French disease.
Many such youngsters (as we understand)
That never travell'd yet by Sea or Land,
Have by some meanes procur'd themselves
Jer. 13. 21.
to be
Made Captaines, which can lead a company
Act. 17. 5.
Of swag'ring fellowes, which doe not regard
Their King nor Countrey's good, and yet hazard
Their soules and bodies,
Eph. 4. 19.
by spending their dayes
In Tavernes, Bawdy-houses, and Stage-playes.
So that at last those Souldiers must needs fall
2 Tim. 2. 26.
Into the Devils hands, their Generall.
Who for their service will be sure to give
Them their due wages, when their soules shall live
[Page 56] With him in his
Rev. 16. 10
darke kingdome, to remaine
Rev. 20. 10
day and night in everlasting paine.
1 Chron. 12. 18.
Some Captaines are endu'd with excellent parts,
2 Chron. 32. 7.
Having couragious understanding hearts:
2 Chron. 20. 15.
These fight the battle of the Lord on high,
2 Sam. 23. 10.
Who gives them often times the victory
Over the enemy, though ne're so strong:
Psal. 98. 1.
the glory thereof doth belong
Esay 1. 24.
the Lord of Hosts, the God of might,
Psal. 68. 35.
Who gives them strength,
& 144. 1.
and teacheth them to fight.
Such Captaines as are thus guided by him,
[...] 3. 3.
Shall credit to their King and Country win.
1 Mac. 4. 23. 24.
And when they from the wars returne, they'le blesse
And praise the Lord,
1 Macch. 4. 55.
that gave them such successe.
1 Mac. 3. 59.
What if in fight they chance to lose their lives?
Their losse is nothing
Rev. 2. 10.
to that glorious prize
Which they shall gaine in heaven, and keepe for ever,
1 Joh. 5. 11.
Which prize their Captaine Christ will them deliver.
If thou art such a Captaine, then I'le say,
'Tis pitty thou should'st in this prison stay:
Deut. 8. 11.
But rather be in some imployment, where
Thou may'st have more contentment, and lesse care,
Such as are out of service, may well be
Mislead, and so come into misery.
How thou cam'st hither, I need not enquire,
But here thou art attended like a Squire,
Where thou hast got a company that are
A ragged Regiment, most fit for war.
1 Sam. 22. 2
Distressed men in debt, and in despaire,
With discontented mindes to thee repayre,
Wishing thou wert their Captaine, and that they
May wait on thee, when thou hence go'st away.
I cannot blame them, for thou art so free
To them, that they could live and dye with thee.
But thou art not yet gone, but here art stay'd,
And so shalt be untill thy ransome's payd.
[Page 57] Thou now art under the command of those
That keepe thee fast, and yet are not thy foes.
The Turn-keyes, and the Book-keepers are they
That thou (although a Captaine) must obey.
Yet if thou feed them with good drinke and money,
They'le love thee dearly, as the Bees love honey.
But if thou dost neglect them in that kinde,
No favour thou at all shalt from them finde.
But what need'st thou care for their love at all,
Or for their hatred, having wherewithall
Not only to discharge thy chamber rent,
But other things that may yeeld thee content?
Yet let me tell thee, if thou stay here long,
Thou to thy selfe and others may'st doe wrong.
But seeing thou art to this place confin'd,
Whil'st thou art here
Josh. 23. 6.
have a couragious minde.
Gal. 5. 17.
For here thou art with enemies beset,
As well as in the open field; and yet
Thou canst not them discerne with mortall eyes,
Eph. 6. 12.
Because they are thy spirituall enemies.
1 Pet. 2. 11
Thy soule they doe besiege, which is within
Thy earthly
2 Pet. 1. 14
Luke 5. 8.
full of sin.)
Job 33. 6.
Which is so weake and brittle, that unlesse
1 Joh. 4. 13
Gods holy Spirit doe the same possesse
And eke defend thee
Eph. 1. 19.
by his mighty power,
Rev. 16. 14
Those wicked spirits will thy soule devoure:
Eph. 2. 2.
For they are powerfull, and diligent,
Crafty, malicious, and wickedly bent
Against weak worldlings, which with them accord,
Because they are not
Eph. 6. 10
strong in Christ our Lord.
Such though they fight, t'will nothing them availe,
Rev. 11. 7.
For those strong enemies must needs prevaile.
Their forces they doe muster up each houre,
Mar. 5. 9.
To signifie how they are arm'd with power.
Rev. 20. 7, 8.
It is no worldly strength nor policy
That can withstand their cruell tyranny.
[Page 58] Thou must therefore
Heb. 4. 12.
take that two-edged sword,
Eph. 6. 17.
Which weapon is Gods pure and holy Word:
With that thou may'st be sure, with good directions,
Gal. 5. 24.
In time to conquer thy corrupt affections.
Pro. 16. 32.
Which if thou dost, thou then dost such a feat,
As never did Alexander the great.
2 Tim. 4. 7, 8.
So shalt thou be, after this life, renown'd,
And with such like Captaines
1 Pet. 5. 4.
in heav'n be crown'd.
Where thou shalt triumph
Heb. 12. 22, 23.
with a company
Of heavenly Souldiers,
Col. 3. 4.
with pompe and glory.

To the Master of the Prison.

THou art a Master of the masterlesse,
As also of poore men here in distresse.
They never such a Master serv'd before,
When their time's out, they will serve thee no more.
For thou them keep'st so much within, that they
Cannot get leave to goe abroad to play.
And if they could get leave, I dare maintaine,
That some would ne're finde the way back againe.
Wherefore thou tak'st a course
Acts 16. 23
to keepe them fast,
Where they may worke, or play, and dye at last.
Thy courtesies to some are very small,
And why? because they have not wherewithall
To gratifie thy love; which is exprest
By thee to them that are in more request.
I meane those that are able to requite
Thy love againe, which thou hold'st just and right.
The poorer sort of pris'ners that are here
Pro. 18. 23.
Cut short of meanes, doe often stand in feare
Of thy displeasure, when they cannot get
So much as will them bring out of thy debt.
[Page 59] For if their chamber rent they cannot pay,
Thou them remov'st into the Hole, where they
Have lowsie lodging, yet they live more quiet,
Because they are provided with good diet.
There they also sit rent free: yet before
They are releas'd, they must pay their old score.
But if in prison they should chance to dye,
Thou losest all, and hast no remedy.
Those that lodge on thy side thou dost regard
A little more then us of the Knights Ward.
I know no reason for't, unlesse it be
Because they pay more for their drinke then we.
The Rats and Mice are thy best guests we know,
For after one nights lodging they must goe
Away from hence, if they their fees can pay,
If not, they then are forc'd longer to stay.
Thou art a master of a
Mat. 27. 16.
wicked crew,
Acts 8. 3.
As well as of some men honest and true.
This place a receptacle is for all,
Both good and bad, the poore, rich, great and small.
Some for their misdemeanours, some for debt,
So that all's fish that comes into thy net.
Of which thou mak'st a purchase, and thereby
'Tis knowne thou
Pro. 13. 11. & 22. 1.
get'st more wealth then honesty.
Thy servants often times doe take large fees,
Which they digest, as Rats digest old cheese.
They care not how men suffer,
Jer. 17. 11:
so they gaine
Meanes indirectly,
Psal. 10. 2.
their pride to maintaine.
The master and his men, for ought I know,
Esay 24. 2.
Are all alike, they may together goe.
Pro. 19. 1.
Gods poorest servant's in a better case
John 3. 10.
Then such a master, that's in such a place.
Thou hast within thy selfe unruly guests,
And those are
Col. 3. 5.
thine affections, which witnesse
Unto thy
Rom. 2 [...] 15.
conscience, which one day will be
(When thou think'st least) a witnesse against thee.
[Page 60] If thou therefore seeke not in the meane while
Gal. 5. 24.
To over-master them, which are so vile,
They'le over-master thee, and suddenly
1 Tim. 6. 9
Will bring thy soule into great misery.
Amos 5. 11
By poore men in great want thou hast thy gaine,
And liv'st thereby in pleasure, they in paine;
Jam. 2. 6. Pro. 14. 20.
Regarding them no more, nay not so much
As Dogs and Cats, that are unlike to such.
Thou this one day wilt be forc'd to remember,
When 'tis too late,
Pro. 21. 13.
if thou art not more tender
Over poore pris'ners that are here committed,
Pro. 29. 7.
Which certainly deserve much to be pittied.
Wherefore if thou Gods favour would'st enjoy,
Acts 16. 33, 34.
Shew favour to these men without delay.
Col. 4. 1.
God thy master
Psal. 25. 8.
will thee teach, and guide
Thee in the way to heav'n,
Eph. 2. 19.
where Saints abide.

To the Merchant, a Prisoner.

A Merchant when he once begins to faile▪
Is like a Ship at Sea without a saile,
Which flotes upon the waters, and is tost
And tumbled up and downe, untill she's lost.
In thy declining time thou knew'st not whither
To goe; so that the Sergeants brought thee hither.
Ezek. 27. 34
And now thy trading and thy credit too
Is lost; and here thou know'st not what to doe.
For in times past, those with whom thou hast walk'd.
Upon th'Exchange, and there of businesse talk'd,
Perceiving how thou wast oft times molested
Because of losses, and of Bills protested,
Job 19. 4.
Doe leave thee now in misery in this place,
Ecclus 12. 8▪ 9▪
As if before they ne're had seene thy face.
[Page 61] The friendship of such friends is like a bubble,
Soone got, soone lost,
Ecclus 37. 4.
and best discern'd in trouble.
In former time
2 Chron. 17. 13.
thy bus'nesse was so great,
Ecclus 31. 1
That thou could'st scarce finde time to eate thy meat.
Ecclus 31. 3
Thou then hadst trouble, which did vex thy minde:
Psal. 88. 3.
Thou now hast troubles of another kinde.
Psal. 39. 6.
Thou then wast troubled how to get much wealth;
Heb. 12. 9, 10.
Thy troubles now may be for thy soules health.
Mar. 4. 19.
How carefull wast thou then for outward things,
Luke 10. 41, 42. Eph. 1. 3.
And carelesse how to get inward blessings?
Before th'Exchange bell rang, thou hadst a care
To keepe touch with those that should meet thee there.
But when thy Parish Bels did ring all in,
Thou mad'st no hast to'th Church, to pray or sing,
John 8. 47.
heare Gods Word,
& 1. 1. 3.
which is that spirituall light
Esay 55. 2, 3. Psal. 119 162▪ 172.
And joy, wherein thy soule should take delight:
But with that
John 6. 33
heav'nly food
Esa. 43. 22. Ezek. 33. 31.
thou wast soone cloy'd▪
Luke 8. 14,
Because thy minde was otherwise imploy'd;
Pro. 3. 12.
God for thy good, without all question,
Hath brought thee hither, to give thee correction.
For he hereby will make thee
Job 6. 24. Psal. 19. 12.
How thou art out of cash, and behinde hand
With him thy heav'nly creditor above▪
Rom. 15. 5. Psal. 117. 2.
patience thou hast found, out of his love
Psal. 39. 13
sparing thee so long, who might require
Mat. 18. 34 Psal. 130. 3.
In justice, all thou ow'st him, in hell fire.
Psal. 40. 12
For when thou hast made up thy great account,
The foot or ballance thereof will amount
Mat. 18. 24
ten thousand Talents, which must be
Deut. 27. 25.
All satisfi'd before thou canst be free.
And yet of that great summe thou must needs say,
Mat. 18. 25 2 Cor. 3. 5.
Thou hast not of thy selfe one Mite to pay.
Pro. 24. 16. 1 Tim 1. 15. James 3. 2.
The holy'st man that lives must needs confesse
His debt to be so much, it can't be lesse.
How then is Gods great Justice satisfi'd,
Col 2. 14. Rom. 5. 6. 8.
But by his Son, our Lord, who for us dy'd?
[Page 62] If thou unto thy soule canst this apply
Rom. 3. 22.
Through faith in Christ,
[...] Pet. 2. 21
that he for thee did dye.
1 Cor. 15. 3
And that thereby thy sinnes are all remitted▪
Col. 1, 20. 21. 22.
Gods Justice satisfi'd, and thou acquitted.
1 Thes. 1. 10.
Not only from the punishment that's due
Unto thee for thy sins, but will renue
Job 33. 26
His favour to thee, whereby thou mayst know
Heb. 8. 10.
Thou art i'th Covenant of grace also.
Phil. 1. 27 1 Pet. 2. 12.
Thy outward carriage then will soone expresse
Thy inward faith, and joy, in thy distresse.
Pro. 3. 21, 22, 23.
Thy life a comfortable life will be,
Joh. 12. 24
When thou the fruits of thy troubles shalt see
2 Cor. 4. 17 Gal. 5. 22. 23.
Thus to produce such rare effects, which will
Col. 3. 10.
Advance thy knowledge, and teach thee such skill
Esa. 55. 2.
In heavenly wares, and merchandise so rare
As in Gods Word is found out ev'ry where.
Joh. 5. 39.
Goe to that heav'nly Magazine, and see
Rom. 11. 33.
rich commodities are there
& 9. 23.
for thee.
Mat. 13. 45, 46.
A Merchant that found there a Pearle by name,
Sold all that e're he had to buy the same.
Job 28. 16. 17.
Such Jewels, Pearles, and Treasures there are, which
2 Cor. 4. 3.
Are hid from worldlings, be they ne're so rich.
Joh. 8. 44.
For they had rather trade with that old Lyer.
Rev. 12. 9.
That cheating Merchant, whose chiefest desire
Is to put off
Gal. 5. 19, 20, 21.
his base commodities
To those his chapmen, at too high a prize.
2 Thess. 2. 10.
His wares are false, his Jewels counterfeit,
2 Cor. 11. 3
Yet like a crafty Broker, hee'le soone get
1 Cor. 10. 20.
Some of his customers with him to trade.
Whom, when with them a bargaine he hath made,
Mat. 48. 9.
Such base conditions he will tye unto,
Mar. 8 36.
As will their soules and bodies quite undoe.
1 King 21. 25.
When they are in his debt▪ hee'le make them pay
To th'utmost farthing,
Rev. 18. 8.
and just at the day
Acts 13. 10.
When he's in their debt, then will he be sure
Luke 16. 24.
To pay them soundly,
& v. 26.
which they must endure.
[Page 63]
Mat. 22. 13
Such cruell payments he will make, that they
Jude 11. Wis. 5. 7, 8▪ 9.
Shall rue the time that they e're knew his way.
2 Pet. 2. 15
That way of sin that causeth death, which is
Rev 20. 14
The second death,
& 9. 6.
that living death to his
Unhappy chapmen, who shall be together
Mat. 25. 41
With him tormented in hell fire for ever.
Wherefore, let me advise thee to take heed,
Eph. 5. 11.
Thou trafficke not with him, nor with his seed.
2 Tim. 1. 9
But follow thou that calling which will bring
Thee in great credit with thy Lord and King:
Mat. 18. 23.
That great accomptant, who will reckon right
With his poore debtors, to give them a fight
Job 13. 23.
Not only of their sin,
Eccles 8. 6.
and miserie,
Num. 14. 18. Psal. 103. 11.
But also of his infinite mercy.
1 John 3. 24.
When thou art vers'd thus in this heav'nly way,
Mark 8. 34
Thou wilt thy selfe deny,
Deut. 30. 8.
and him obey.
Jer. 3. 15.
Thy iudgement then will be so rectifi'd,
As thou wilt not at all
Phil. 1. 28. 1 Pet. 4. 12.
be terrifi'd
Psal. 112. 7 Pro. 3. 24.
At any thing that may befall thee here,
Phil. 3. 14. 20.
Because thy course t'wards heav'n thou dost now steere.
Where being once arrived, and ascended,
Mat. 25. 23.
Thy joyes begin,
Rev. 21. 4.
and thy sorrowes are ended.
2 Esd. 7. 33.
Thy miseries then thou must here leave behinde,
Rom. 9. 23 Psal▪ 36. 5.
And Gods great mercies there be sure to finde.

To the merry man, a Prisoner.

R—Emember thou,
Eccles 7. 4
that art so merry here,
Pro. 14. 6.
Thou doe not in this place any man jeere.
Pro. 1. 22.
will not well become thee to doe so:
1 Pet. 3. 11
For here thou should'st better things learn and know.
C—ivill and honest
Neh. 8. 12. Eccles 8. 15. Luke 15. 23.
mirth I grant i [...] good,
Eccles 7. 4. Eph. 5. 4.
But foolish mirth belongs to Robin-hood.
[Page 64] H—ere in prison,
Pro. 14. 13. Jam. 4. 9.
vaine mirth should be abhorr'd:
When thou art merry,
Psal. 104. 34. Acts 16. 25. James 5. 13.
be merry in the Lord.
Gen. 43. 34
then thy mirth shall not others displease,
Which being true, thou may'st live more at ease.
Esay 24. 22
how in prison now thou art,
Which should in some sort touch thee to the heart.
D—oe not therefore in this place take delight
= With those that make
Job 17. 12.
night day, and the day night,
L—iving more like
2 Pet. 2. 12, 13.
bruit beasts, then civill men,
Esay 5. 29.
Roaring like Lions in their nasty den.
A—s for
Pro. 28. 19.
such company, doe not frequent
For they will leave thee when thy money's spent.
N—ecessity may then
Amos 8. 10 Ecclus 11. 27.
quite over-throw
Thy vaine delights,
Pro. 14. 13 Esa. 24. 7, 8, 9.
and all thy mirth also.
Eccles 3. 4.
therefore, whil'st thou art in case,
Eccles 8. 15. & 9. 7.
To be merry and wise
Gen. 31. 27.
out of this place.

To a worthy charitable Knight.

Job. 5. 17. Pro. 3. 12. Psal. 119. 71. Psal. 94 12.
God his children brings into distresse,
His love to them is ne're a whit the lesse.
I—am a man
Job 29. 2, 3.
which in times past have beene
Of credit good,
Psal. 31. 11, 12.
though now in no esteeme.
Job 29. 18 Psal. 30. 6.
did I thinke in those dayes to be
Job 30. 16. 29.
Brought to so low an ebbe, as now I see.
Job 16. 20.
Iob am I now scorn'd, full well I know,
Of those whom I have
Psal. 41. 9.
fed, and cloath'd also.
I—ob on the
Job 2. 8.
dunghill did God glorifie,
More then he did in his prosperity.
A—nd if with
Jam. 1. 4. & 5. 11.
patience God doth me endue,
Then after crosses comforts will ensue.
Eccles 3. 21 &c 2. 17.
soule to God shall have accesse in season,
= Although the prison of my soule's in prison.
[Page 65] B—efore I felt Gods hand,
Pro. 14. 20.
friends I had many:
But now
Ps. 38. 11. Psal. 35. 14.
I am in want, I have not any.
A—ll those that
Ps. 35. 12.
courtesies from me receiv'd,
Ecclus. 12. 8.
I tooke to be my friends, but was deceiv'd.
Ecclus. 6. 8.
was their shew of love to me, as friends:
All which was but to worke on me their ends.
Gen. 40. 23. Pro. 19. 7. Ecclus. 6. 8. 12.
I occasion have those friends to use
In my distresse, they doe me now refuse.
E—xceeding glad should I be, if I knew
Where to change all those old friends
2 King. 4. 2. Ecclus. 6. 14.
for one new:
L—ibertie then should I have to
2 King. 4. 7.
The world againe, and some old debts get in.
L—ive should I then,
1 Tim. 6. 8. Psal 4. 7. Pro 15. 16.
though with a little store,
= More happily than ere I did before.
Eccles. 5. 13 16. 17.
greatest meanes which God to man hath lent,
Without his blessing yeelds no true content.
O—h, how
1 Tim. 6. 17, 18, 19.
happy and blessed is, and shall
= That rich man be, that's
Ecclus. 37. 24. &
wise, and
40. 17. Pro. 11. 25.
S—ir, I'le crave no excese,
Pro. 12. 17.
the truth to tell,
You are that
Pro. 14. 21:
happy man, 'tis known full well.
I—ts likewise knowne in City and Country,
Your chiefe delight's in workes of
Pro. 28. 17. Acts 10 31. 3 John 6.
2 Cor. 9. 12, 13.
men, the
Job. 29. 15, 16.
poore, the blinde, the lame,
= The
Neh. 7. 70. Hag 1. 8. 14. Ezra 5 2.
Church, the
King 20.
Common-wealth, witnes the same.
P—aul, that sweet
Acts 9. 15.
chosen vessel of the Lord,
If he were here your deeds he might record.
Luk. 12. 42. & 16 10.
Stewards just, as you are, may be sure
In heav'n to live with Christ and Angels pure.
V—arietie of
Rev. 21. 19.
sweet delights, with
Psal. 6 11.
Are there, where you have laid up safe your
Mat. 6. 20.
L—arge and exceeding
Rev. 21. 16. John 14. 2.
spacious is that place,
= Yet is the
Mat. 7 14.
gate so strait, that in no case
J [...]m. 4. 6.
Ma [...]. 9. 23 J [...]m 5. 1.
and rich worldlings that have no care
But of
Luk. 12. 18▪ 19, 20, 21.
this life, shall have an entrance there.
I—f such men would by you
Phil 3. 17.
example take,
These worldly
Eccles. 1. 14. Gal. 5. 26.
vanities they would forsake.
[Page 66] N—o money would they
Luk 15. 13.
spend, so much in vaine,
Pro. 28. 27
spare it from such as in want remaine.
D—oubtlesse, the charitable man, that
Deut. 15. 7, 8. Ps. 112. 5.
To such as want,
Luk 6. 35.
Christ will make full amends.
A—nd after death, eternall
Job 12. 9.
joyes hee'll finde
Leaving a
Pro. 22. 1.
good, and blessed name
Ps. 112. 6. Ecclus. 37. 26. & 42. 13.
R—eceive good Sir, these poore lines in good part
From him that lies here
Psal. 31. 10.
grieved at the heart.

To an ancient Maid, a true-hearted friend, that was mindfull of him in his troubles.

Psal. 71. 20▪
my great troubles some great friends
& 119. 141
despis'd me,
Acts 27. 3.
When little friends, with little things reviv'd me.
U—pon the Lord
Cant. 5. 16.
(my greatest friend)
Psal. 50. 15.
I'le call,
Psal. 41. 10.
Who can me raise up friends both great and small.
Ps. 99. 46.
have I been in this place terrifi'd,
Pro. 19. 7.
Where I both great, and little friends have try'd.
I—must confesse,
Job. 19. 14.
that not one friend of twenty
John 3. 17.
Have their love shew'd to me, though they have plenty.
Pro. 17. 17.
true friend I, thee ever found to be:
Luk. 21. 3.
widowes mite, accepted is by me.
N—ever shall such
Luk. 10. 39▪ 42.
good Christians as thou art,
2 Cor. 1. 4.
Want comfort, when they are griev'd at the heart.
I—keepe my chamber
Mat. 18. 30.
in a prison, where
I often am
Psal 9 9.
oppress'd with griefe and care:
A—nd thou likewise thy chamber art constrain'd
Oft times to keep, by reason thou art
2 Sam. 9. 3.
M—any such
Psal. 69. 33.
pris'ners God hath in his keeping,
Whom he
2 Thes▪ 3. 3. Ps. 116. 6.
preserves, and keeps,
1 Thes. 5. 10▪
waking & sleeping.
E—ndeavour therefore,
Tit. 2. 12.
whil'st thou art alive,
In godly vertues
[...] Thes. 4. 1.
more and more to thrive.
G [...]l. 6. 14. 1 John 2▪ 15.
shalt thou then this world forsake, and love▪
Cant. 1. 2. 3▪
To be with thy sweet Bridegroome,
Phil. 1. 23.
Christ, above.

To his intimate friend, a divine Lawyer.

Mat. 13. 46
exceeding rich, are wondrous rare:
Which is the onely cause so few them weare.
Pro. 8. 17. Wisd. 6. 12.
one that's wise, may seeke and finde
In Gods Word Juels pleasing to his minde.
Pro. 3. 15. Job 28. 16, 18.
Juels, which men weare on their clothes,
Are not at all to be compar'd with those.
Pro. 4. 8, 9▪
that's stor'd with such Juels, must needs be
Mal. 3. 7.
Himselfe a Juell, 'tis knowne
Acts 6 10.
thou art he.
Ecclus 37. 12.
as thy company doe oft frequent,
Pro. 1. 5.
May learne of thee to be wise and prudent.
Ecclus 6. 36
that I were thy Scholler, but untill
Ecclus 6. 37.
I had learn'd some more of thy divine skill!
Pro. 16. 16.
worldly thing should my minde away draw
= From that which thou canst teach out of Gods Law.
J—f other
Luke 11. 46.
Lawyers were like thee in this,
So many causes would not goe amisse.
Acts 18. 24.
Apollo thou may'st fitly be
Compar'd, if I am not deceiv'd in thee.
Neh. 8. 8. 2 Tim. 2. 15.
thou art in a work begun,
At which Divines will
Psal. 119. 18
wonder when 'tis done.
2 Esd. 24. 22, 36.
nothing hinder thee at all to end it,
For when 'tis done, I think there's none can mend it.
2 Mac. 2. 26, 27.
to perfect it, though it be hard;
Then God
Col. 1. 29.
(whose worke it is)
Psal. 58. 1 [...]. 1 Cor. 3. 8.
will thee reward.

To the poore old man, a Prisoner.

I Grant, old man, thy case
Ecclus 38. 19.
May be here much lamented:
Ecclus 38. 20.
Yet be not thou still out of heart,
Phil. 4. 11.
But strive to be contented.
1 Sam. 22. 2▪ Pro. 22. 6.
To men thou art indebted,
Pro. 22. 27.
Which debts thou canst not pay,
Mat. 18. 30
And therefore they detaine thee here,
Psal. 6. 7.
Which grieves thee day by day.
Consider how
Esa. 57. 11. Col. 3. 7.
thou hast
A long time liv'd in sin,
Ecclus 5. 7.
yet deferr'st thy repentance.
Jer. 7. 3.
Though late, yet now begin.
Psal. 25. 7.
Thy youthfull time doubtlesse
Thou hast spent very ill:
And yet in these thy latter dayes
Thou dost
Deut. 32. 18.
forget God still.
2 Chron. 33. 10.
Although thou him forget,
Ezek. 21. 24.
Yet he doth thee remember;
By laying this
Psal. 71. 9.
great crosse on thee,
That art
Mat. 18. 13
a great offender.
By which meanes
2 Chron. 33. 12. Hos. 5. 15. Psal. 119 71.
thou art brought▪
His will to understand:
And that all those
Psal. 37. 40. & 115. 9.
that trust in him▪
Shall have his helping hand.
2 Chron. 33. 13.
Let then this prison be
Psal. 119. 48. Act. 16. 25.
Thy place of meditation
Of heav'nly things, that are above,
To thy great consolation.
1 Joh. 2. 15
And then thou wilt contemne
All worldly things below:
Psal. 63. 1. Phil. 1. 23.
And long to be with Christ above,
Esa. 35. 10.
Free'd from all griefe and woe.
Psal. 37. 34
Wait then upon the Lord,
Job 9. 19. Psal. 24. 8.
Who mighty is and strong.
Psal. 90. 10
Thou know'st by course of nature, that
Thou canst not here live long.
Ecclus 41. 2 & 30. 17.
And when by death thou art
Free'd from all misery;
Luk. 23. 43
Thou then in heav'n above shalt live
With Christ eternally.

To the Women which are prisoners in the Hole.

YOu of the female kinde,
Which in the Hole doe lye
For debt, or for some other cause,
Ecclus 37. 1
Your friends now you may try.
Pro. 14. 1.
If you ill huswives have
Beene heretofore, now know
That you confin'd are to a place,
From which you cannot goe,
Untill your peace be made
With those who laid you in
This place,
Col. 3. 7, 8. 1 King. 17. 18.
where you may call to minde
How you have liv'd in sin.
Amos 3. 2.
For which cause God hath brought
You into troubles hither,
Where you, like Pigs, are penn'd up close,
All in a Sty together.
Job 24. 7.
Yet though your lodging be
So close, where you together
Are forc'd upon the ground to lye,
Esay 25. 4.
Yet need you feare no weather:
I meane i'th winter nights,
The season being cold,
And subject to much
Esay 4. 6.
raine and stormes
Then you are in your hold.
John 18. 18
by a fire warme
You sit and chat i'th night,
Acts 12. 6.
Untill you fall asleepe, and then
You rest with small delight.
But in the Summer time,
The weather being hot,
Psal. 32. 4.
You then are much annoy'd, because
Contentment you have not.
But in both seasons, you
Throughout the yeare
Psal. 146. 7.
have diet
For you provided, which should make
You in your hole
1 Pet. 3. 4.
live quiet.
You in like manner have
[Page 71] For your soules health provided
Rom. 10. 8
Good spirituall food, to cheere you up,
Luk. 1. 79. Psal. 119. 5.
If you'le thereby be guided.
To which heav'nly repast
You are daily invited,
And if good guests you are, then you
Ps. 119. 16.
Therewith will be delighted.
Esay 5. 24.
But if you cannot well
That food disgest, then think
Your soules are sick, they'le pine away,
Then must you needs downe sinke
Rev. 20. [...].
the hole that hath
No bottome, where are none
Rev. 20. 3▪ 10.
But Devils and their damned crue,
Where none shall you bemone.
Some comfort you have here
But none shall you have there;
Rev. 20. 10▪
day and night
& 19. 20.
brimstone and fire
Shall be your daily fare.
Wisd. 3. 11.
Thus 'twill then with you be,
That now here doe not love
To heare, reade, pray, and meditate
Col. 3. 2.
On heavenly things above.
Psal. 50. 22
Thinke on these things, while you
Are in this place restrain'd
1 Tim. 5. 13.
From gossipping with those, which now
Your company have refrain'd.
Pro. 6. 13.
And now your mindes give not
To idle toyes at all,
[Page 72] Neither doe you at any hand
1 Thes. 5. 13.
With one another brawle.
Pro. 17. 14
But shun vaine
Eccles 10. 11. 1 Tim. 6. 20.
babbling, and
Pro. 13. 3. & 21▪ 23. Jam. 3. 5.
tongues keepe in your heads,
That when you goe from hence, you may
Esay 57. 2.
Lye warme in your owne beds.
Heb. 10. 36
Be not impatient, as
The most part of you are
In troubles, for then are you like
Untun'd strings, which doe jarre.
Rom. 12. 12
But take all in good part,
Jam. 5. 9.
Grudge not at any thing,
1 Sam. 3. 18
But whatsoe're the Lord now sends,
Receiv't with
Psal. 10. 4
And if your elder, which
Is Lady of your Hole,
Hath in that place some power o're you,
To rule or to controle,
Eccles 10. 4
In some sort you must yeeld
To her authority,
Pro. 21. 19.
Or else she'le chide and scold, so that
You'le live unquietly.
Tit. 2. 5.
Much better t'is for you
At home to be, then here,
For here goodnesse is hardly learn'd
Which may cause you to feare.
Psal. 102. 37.
pray unto the Lord,
Psal. 31. 3.
That he your guide may be,
You to direct in such a course,
[Page 73] As that you may be free.
And when you are hence gone,
[...] P [...]. 3. 1 [...]
Take heed you come no more
Into this place, left you the time
Be forc'd here to deplore.
2 Cor. 7. [...].
But lead an honest life,
1 Sam. 12. [...].
And serve God every day,
Luke 16. 22, 25.
Then after death your soules will he
Receive to live in joy.

To the impatient Prisoner.

THou that into
Mat. 18. 3 [...]
this place art brought,
Jer. 37. 20.
Though much against thy will,
Psal. 37. 1.
Fret not thy selfe, nor angry be
With those that wish thee ill.
Pro. 6. 1, 2 Jude 9.
Raile not against thy Creditors,
Mat. 18. 28.
Though cruell they may be,
Rom. 12. 14
Nor yet against the officers,
That first laid hands on thee.
2 Sam 7. 14. Psal. 89. 30▪ 31, 32.
For they are not the onely cause
Of thy calamity,
They are thy
Lam. 1. 5. & 5. 16. Ezra 9. 13. Esay 59▪ 12. 2 M [...]c 7. 32.
sins against the Lord
Gen. 18. 20
That for vengeance doe cry.
Lam. 3. 40 Rom. 5. 1.
Make then thy peace with God above,
2 Cor. 1. 21, 22. Rom. 8. 34.
Put in security,
Rom. 20. [...] 25.
Or else into a worse prison,
Thy soule shall carried be.
Mat. 11. 28
Go then to Christ,
Esa▪ 43. 11 & 63. 3. 1 Cor 3. 11.
there's none but he,
And he will not deny
To be thy bayle, and make thee
Gal. 4. 7. 31 & 5. 1. John 8. 36. Acts 4. 12.
Of heav'n, that is so high.
Thus having made thy
Job 22. 21 Col. 1. 20.
peace with God,
Thy minde will be at rest,
Deut. 28. 10
Then he will worke thy peace with men,
Psal. 37. 37. Rom. 8. 28.
And turne all to the best.

To a Prisoners wife of a refractory condition.

Pro. 18. 22 Ecclus 26. 1.
of the chiefest blessings that
In this life God doth give
Unto a man, a good wife is,
Ecclus 26. 2.
With him his time to live.
Thou art no blessing, but a curse,
That art a
Pro. 27. 15
froward wife
To thy poore husband that here lyes
Job 3. 21. & 7. 15.
Quite weary of his life.
Ecclus 25. 13.
What greater crosse can happen to
An honest quiet minde,
Then to be match'd to such a wife
As proves to him unkinde?
Especially here in this Jayle,
A place of misery,
Pro. 19. 13
Where he no quietnesse can have,
Thou art so refractory.
Job 29. 5, 6 Tob. 1. 13, 14.
In former time when he had meanes
[Page 75] To keepe thee in good fashion,
Thou then did'st feare and flatter him,
And durst not be in passion.
Ecclus 15. 25.
But now the Lord hath humbled him,
And brought him to distresse,
1 Cor. 7. 10. Tob. 2. 14.
Thy love from him is drawne away,
Esa. 32. 10.
And thou art growne carelesse.
Judg. 15. 1
If thou from him be long absent,
He cannot it abide,
And when thou com'st to visit him,
Thou then with him dost
Pro. [...]1. 19. Ecclus 25. 20.
Now be thou present or absent,
His griefe is not asswag'd,
The more he seekes for quietnesse,
Pro. 9. 13. & 21. 19.
The more thou art enrag'd.
Ecclus 4. 3.
So that thou add'st affliction to
Affliction in this kinde,
Which is the greatest crosse of all,
And troubleth most his minde.
Job 1. 12.
When God permitted Satan to
Afflict Iob, that
Job 1. 1.
just man,
Job 1. 14, 15.
His substance first he tooke away,
Thus with him he began.
Job 1. 17.
Then the Chaldeans he provok'd
His servants all to slay,
Job 1▪ 18, 19.
And after that likewise did he
His children take away.
Job 2. 7.
Then with great Botches and sore Boiles
His body he did smite,
[Page 76] So that on him he exercis'd
His malice and his spite.
And yet the Devill, for all that,
Did seeme to favour him,
In leaving of his wife behinde,
Ecclus 26. 13.
That might him comfort bring.
But that was not that Tempters drift,
It was his policy
To stir her up him to perswade
Job 2. 9.
To blaspheme God and dye.
Thus Iob in his adversity
Was vex'd and troubled sore,
By his untoward
Job 2. 10.
foolish wife,
Who then
Job 19. 17.
did him abhorre.
Eccles 7. 28
Such wives there are too many now,
There's one the more for thee,
For thy conditions doe not much
With Iobs wife's disagree.
Ecclus 25. 16.
If thou continu'st in this course
Ecclus 26. 27.
To chide, scold, chafe, and fret,
Because of these great troubles, then
Thou dost thy selfe forget;
For thou
Gen. 2. 18.
a helpe was made to be
To thy husband distress'd,
And not an instrument to
Ecclus 4. 2.
Pro. [...]. 22. Job [...]. 13.
His griefe, that's thus oppress'd.
Wherefore consider with thy selfe,
Job 2. 10.
How thou God dost offend,
1▪ Thes. 3. 3.
By being thus disquieted
[Page 77] At that which he doth send.
Lam. [...]. 13, 14.
All crosses, whasoe're they are,
God sends,
Psal. 71. 20 Esay 51. 22.
and takes away:
Susanna 35
put thou thy trust in him,
Eph. 5. 22, 24.
thy husband obey.
Then though in prison he now be,
Where he doth much lament,
Psal. 40. 17
Yet God will soone deliver him,
And give you both content.
Now when thou hast him home againe,
Provide him wholsome diet,
With all things else to his consent,
And with him live in
1 Pet. 3. 4. Ecclus 26. 14.

To his owne dejected comfortlesse Wife.

Psal. 119. 107. Lam. 3: 1.
troubles I confesse are great,
Which I here doe endure,
Acts 21. 13
But thy great discontent withall
Job 19. 2.
Makes them almost
Jer. 30. [...]21
past cure.
I grant it is out of thy love,
Thou art thus griev'd for me,
Eph. 3. 13.
Yet if thou lov'st me, be not so,
Because my griefe's for thee.
Psal. 42. 5. Pro. 12. 25. Ecclus 30. 21.
Cast not thy selfe downe I thee pray,
Psal. 145. 24. Esay 51. 6. 2 Cor. 7. 6.
look up with thine eyes
To him that's
Tob. 3. 2.
just and mercifull,
Esa. 57. 15.
Who reignes above the skies.
For he is
Gen. 17. 1.
Psal. 33. 20 Est. 14. 3. Ecclus 2. 6. 2 Mac. 15. 7.
helpe will send one day,
Psal. 34. 18.
When we of it think least, therefore
Psal. 39. 13 Pro. 24. 10. Ezek) 33. 10.
Pine not thy selfe away.
2 Mac. 6. 16.
Although things fall out ne're so crosse,
And breed within thy minde
Lam. 3. 33, 34. Esa. 54. 6.
Much griefe and sorrow, yet beleeve
Psal. 63. 3. Ecclus 2. 11.
The Lord is wondrous kinde.
For if with
Rom. 12. 12. 2 Thes. 1. 4. Jam. 5. 7, 8.
patience we can both
These crosses undergoe,
Pro. 16. 7.
Our enemies he'le make our friends,
Which we shall see and know.
Baruch 4. 29.
God never sends adversities
To those whom he doth love,
2 Thes. 2. 6. Esay 54. 8.
But for each crosse ten thousand joyes
He'le give to them above.
Mar. [...]0. 30
here below we may be sure
Esa. 51. 12. Nahum 1. 7.
The Lord will comfort send
To such as are in great distresse,
Pro. 2. 7. 2 Esd. 16. 19.
If they their lives amend.
Joh. 9. 2, 3.
These troubles which we now are in,
Came not to us by chance,
But by the providence of God,
John 11. 4
His glory to advance.
Ecclus 2. 4.
Why should'st thou then impatient be:
Dost think'tis for thine ease?
Oh no!
Jer. 50. 24.
thou striv'st against the streame
And dost the Lord displease.
Wilt thou be like those
2 Tim. 3. 6.
women, which
[Page 79] Are
V. 7.
ever learning, and
Although they reade and heare much, yet
Doe nothing understand?
How can thy
Jam. 1. 3. Heb. 6. 12. 1 Pet. 1. 7.
faith and patience be
In this life exercis'd;
But in
Pro. 3. 11.
afflictions which God layes
On thee, that art
Job. 12. 5. Psal. 22. 6. Pro. 11. 12. 1 Cor. 4. 10.
Job▪ 12. 4. Psal. [...] 23. 4. 1 Cor. 4. 13.
What if thou art scorn'd and disgrac'd,
And not at all esteem'd
Luk. 12. 19. & 16. 19, 25.
Of those that have their heav'n on earth▪
Tit. 2. 14. Rev. 5. 9.
Christ hath thee redeem'd.
Luke 12. 27, 28.
What if thou want'st apparell now,
Thy body to keepe warme?
Rom. 13. 14.
Christ is thy garment, put him on.
Hee'le keepe thee from all harme.
Mat. 4. 2. Luke 16. 21. & 6. 21. Luke 12. 24. & 1. 53.
What if thou want'st good dyet now,
Thy belly to supply?
John 6. 35, 48.
Christ is thy food, feed on him then,
Rev. 7. 16▪
Thy soule hee'le satisfie.
1 Cor. 4. 11
What if thou want'st a dwelling place,
Pro. 1. 33.
Where thou would'st faine abide?
2 Cor. 5. 1. Heb. 11. 10, 16.
Christ he thy dwelling hath prepar'd,
In heaven that's
Rev. 21. 16.
large and wide.
Mar. 14. 50.
What if thou want'st in thy distresse
Some friends to
Psal. 69. 20
comfort thee?
John 14. 16 17, 18. Acts 5. 32.
The holy Ghost the Comforter,
Thy Comforter will be.
What if
Job 19. 14
thy kindred be unkinde,
And doe now quite neglect thee?
[Page 80]
Mat. 12. 50
Thy kinsman Christ is worth them all,
Heare him, and he'le respect thee.
Esay 51. 7. Luke 6. 22.
What if thy name be scandaliz'd,
Pro. 15. 13.
Which makes thee sad to looke?
Pro. 17. 22. 2 Cor. 7. 4.
Be merry still, rejoyce, because
Luk. 10▪ 20 Phil. 4. 3. Rev. 3. 5.
'Tis written in Gods Booke.
Psal. 34. 9.
What if thou want'st all other things,
Job 21. 9. 13.
Which worldlings doe enjoy?
1 Cor. 3. 22▪ 23.
If thou hast Christ, thou hast all things,
Rom. 8. 32. Col. 3. 11.
Mat. 28. 20
He's with thee night and day.
2 Cor. 3. 17
What if I want my liberty,
And am here
Psal. 8 [...], 8.
shut up fast▪
Psal. 1 [...]9. 32.
My heart is free to run abroad,
And shall
Mat. 11. 29.
finde rest at last.
Esay 66. 14.
2 Cor. 7. 5. & [...]. 8. & 11. 23. &c. 2 Tim. 3. 12.
Gods dearest children are most crost
In this life ev'ry way,
Acts 14. 22▪
Because through troubles they must goe
To heav'n, 'tis their best way.
Jam. 1. 2.
The more they suffer in this world,
Acts 9. 16.
The more God is their friend,
Mat. 5. 11, 12. psal. 36▪ 8▪
The more their joy in heav'n shall be,
Joh. 10. 28.
The which shall never end.
1 Cor. 2. 9.
Such joyes as never mortall man
E're in his heart conceiv'd,
Luke 12▪ 32
The Lord to his afflicted ones.
Hath certainly bequeath'd.
Mar. 9. 23.
Such as beleeve this to be true,
Rom. 8. 18▪
Will not at all regard▪
Heb. 11. 26
The troubles of this wicked world
[Page 81]
Wisd. 3. [...].
Considering their reward.
Ps. 88. 3. 6.
if hell were the way to heav'n,
Such as the Lord doth guide,
1 Pet. 4. 12.
Would passe through all those fiery flames
Rev. 21. 3.
With him there to reside.
2 Cor. 4. 17.
Thus God for temporall crosses gives
Eternall joyes to such,
2 Cor. 12. 10 Gal. 6. 14.
As cheerfull are under the crosse,
Gal. 2. 20. Eph. 3. 19.
Christs love to them is much.
Psal. 37. 23 2 Pet. 2. 9.
He knowes best what is best for us,
Heb. 12. 8.
Yet some so simple be,
Psal. 119. 71. Heb. 12. 10.
When God corrects them for their good
Hos. 7. 13.
Away from him they flee.
Deut. 8. 5. Jam. 1. 12. Heb. 12. 6.
A token of Gods love it is,
To such as can
Jam. 5. 11. 2 Tim. 4. 5. Heb. 12. 7.
All manner of afflictions here,
Psal. 34. 15
Such are in his eyes pure.
Now seeing
Pro. 3. 12. Rev. 3. 19.
God so loveth us,
Jer. 31. 3. John 13. 1.
And will so love us still,
Mat. 10. 38
Why should we not in troubles be
Deut. 4. 30▪ 31.
Obedient to his will?
Job 2. 10. Ecclus 2. 4.
Take all things therefore in good part,
Let not thy minde be griev'd
Ps. 51. 3, 4.
For nothing but thy sins alone,
Jer. 33. 8.
So shalt thou be reliev'd.
2 Cor. 7. 10
godly sorrow bringeth joy
Unto thy soule, I know,
2 Cor. 7. 10 Pro. 17. 22. Ecclus 30. 23. & 38. 18.
worldly sorrow worketh death,
'Twill be thy overthrow.
Wherefore take heed, give over quite
Mat. 21. 21 Luke 12. 29.
doubtings and distrust
Of Gods assistance in due time,
2 Cor. 1. 18, 20. Heb. 6. 13.
he's sure and just.
Pro. 30. 5. Susanna 35.
But put thy confidence in him,
Deut. 5. 29. Acts 15. 7.
His holy Word beleeve,
Susanna 44
And thou e're long shalt finde that thou
Psal. 112 4. Ecclus 2. 10. Susanna 60.
Shalt have no cause to grieve.
Psal. 37. 7.
And if on him we doe depend,
1 Joh. 4. 18
We shall not need to feare,
Esa. 51. 11 John 16. 20.
Our sorrowes he'le turne into joy,
[...] Esd. 8. 45 Est. 16. 21.
Which we shall see most cleare.
And though in this place now I am
Where I can get no bayle,
Esay 42. 7. Acts 7. 10.
Yet Christ will soone deliver me
Out of this noysome Jayle.
Joel 2. 26
Then shall we have just cause to praise
1 Pet. 5. 7.
The Lord for his great care,
Psal. 37. 28
Which he hath had, and still will have
Of us every where.
Hos. 6. 2, 3
And doubt not but we shall againe
With comfort live together,
Psal. 107. 28, 29.
For after the great stormes are past,
Then commeth the calme weather.
Phil. 4. 11.
Be thou i'th meane time well content,
Attend, and
Psal. 27. 14
wait Gods leasure,
Psal. 21. 2. Pro. 10. 24.
So shalt thou have thy hearts desire,
Psal. 69. 32▪
And live alwayes in pleasure.

To his Maid-servant.

WHen thou cam'st first to dwel with me
About twelve yeares agoe,
When I in Fanchurch street did live,
Psal. 23. 5. Gen. 33. 9.
My cup did overflow.
Since which time
Job 29. 12.
many have thereof
Dranke freely at their pleasure,
So that with that
Tob. 1. 20.
which hath been spilt,
There's nothing left to measure.
Ecclus 33. 20.
Those that the greatest part thereof
Should have had at that time,
Had the least share thereof, although
I was then in my prime.
Ecclus 30. 14.
The Cup although it empty be,
Yet is it whole and sound,
Jer. 31. 25.
And may againe replenish'd be,
And not fall to the ground.
Job 13. 15▪
Whatso'ere God now unto me sends,
My minde is truly bent
It to receive with thanksgiving,
Phil. 4. 11, 12.
And be therewith content.
The troubles which thou know'st I have
In thy time long endur'd,
Psal. 65. 3.
A purge have beene to my sick soule,
Which is not yet quite cur'd.
Pro. 16. 6.
This purge doubtlesse will do much good
Joel 3. 21.
It hath not yet done working
Upon some humours ill, which yet
In my poore soule lye lurking.
Psal. 103. 3
The great Physitian of our soules
Jer. 10. 24.
Doth temper with great skill
The potions which he gives to those
His patients that are ill.
Jer. 30. 11.
Those that he takes in hand to cure,
Although they feele much paine,
Psal. 71. 20
Shall have much ease at length, and be
Jer. 30. 17.
Restor'd to health againe.
In this great Doctors hands have I
Psal. 34. 19
long, and am so still,
1 Sam. 3. 18.
Let him doe what he please to me,
I'le submit to his will.
When God his scourge laid first on me,
Pro. 15. 10.
I tooke it so to heart,
Psal. 107. 27
That then my senses all from me.
Did for a time depart.
Job 7. 5.
So irksome 'twas unto the flesh,
2 Thes. 2. 2
So tedious to my minde,
Job 7. 15. & 10. 1.
So grievous to my soule, that then
Joh. 10. 20 Lam. 1. 17.
No comfort I could finde.
A fit of melancholy great,
Thou know'st I likewise had,
Psal. 55. 5.
And being then with griefe o'rewhelm'd,
Psal. 88. [...]
I thereupon grew mad.
2 Chron. 32. 31.
The Lord then left me for a time,
Job 1. 12, Mar. 5. 13.
And gave the Devill leave
To tempt me in such grievous sort,
That I then did conceive
Rom. 7. 24.
My selfe to be the wretched'st man
That e're liv'd on the earth:
Pro. 18. 14.
And being thus in minde distress'd,
Job 3. 1.
Curst the day of my birth.
My sins then to my sight were brought
By the
Eph. 2. 2.
Prince of the ayre,
1 Pet. 5. 8.
Who did endeavour what he could
To bring me to despaire.
I then perswaded was by him
Acts 16. 27
My selfe to make away,
Acts 16. 28
And if God had not me preserv'd,
It had beene done that day.
Such was my
Job 30. 26.
wofull misery,
Jer. 30. 15.
Which seem'd to me past cure,
I would not for a thousand worlds
The like againe endure.
All troubles since, and those which now
I have, put all together,
Job 6. 2, 3.
Are in comparison of those,
2 Cor. 4. 17
As light as any feather.
And yet to
Heb. 12. 13
flesh and bloud are they
Full heavy to be borne,
By reason
Job 18. 3.
I am counted as
A creature that's forlorne.
[Page 86] The troubles all which I have had,
In thy time thou hast seene,
And with much discontent hast thou
Rev. 1. 9.
A fellow feeler beene:
Ruth 1. 16.
Yet would'st thou not from me then goe,
Thy mistris knowes full well,
Though thou preferment might'st have had,
Yet thou with us would'st dwell.
Thine eyes may see
Pro. 10. 15.
how poverty
Hath us now overtaken,
Yet such hath beene thy love, as yet
Thou hast not us forsaken.
Nay though thou seest
Job 17. 15.
the small hope we
Have to get meanes againe,
Yet thou so constant art, that still
With us thou dost remaine.
Now what the cause thereof is, must
Be to thy selfe best knowne,
Pro. 17. 17
Yet hath thy love herein appear'd,
Thou hast it truly showne.
What canst thou now from us expect?
If longer thou should'st stay,
Thou must needs think
Ruth 2. 12.
thy recompence
Must come some other way.
2 John 1.
If it out of thy love be to
My children, which are now
With thee i'th Country with our friends,
I then will make a vow,
That if the Lord e're send me meanes
To bring me out of trouble,
2 Sam. 2. 6
I'le not of thee unmindfull be,
But will requite thee double.
Be kinde and loving still to them
Thou shalt fare ne're the worse,
Ruth 4. 16
And have a care of my sonne Will,
For thou wast his dry Nurse.
His favourite thou art I know,
Thou dost in him delight,
And he cannot endure that thou
Should'st be out of his sight.
A faithfull servant thou hast beene,
Thou need'st not be asham'd
Pro. 14. 35.
Before thy betters to appeare▪
Though I am to be blam'd.
Rev. 2. 10.
Be faithfull to the end, and thou
Job 14. 14.
change shalt see no doubt,
Though some
Lam. 3. 14.
at my misfortunes doe
In these dayes
Baruth 4. 31. Ecclus 7. 11.
scoffe and flout.
And though
Psal. 60. 1.
the Lord hath us dispers'd,
And scatt'red to and fro,
So as we cannot as we would
One to another goe:
2 Chron. 15. 4.
Yet if in troubles we can put
Our trust in him alone,
Esa. 57. 13.
Hee'le us againe together bring,
To live in peace at home.
If not at home here in this life,
Heb. 11. 16
Yet hee'le for us provide
In heaven a place farre better, where
Rom. 8. 17
We shall be glorifi'd.

To the unruly young man, a Prisoner▪

Pro. 13. 18
thou had'st beene by thy friends rul'd,
Thou had'st not now beene here;
But seeing thou this course hast run,
E're long it will appeare,
That those whom thou didst not regard,
Pro. 15. 32.
they thee then blam'd,
Will now for thy unruly tricks
Leave thee here to be tam'd.
If thou art like
Psal. 32. 9 [...]
the horse, that will
Not ruled be a whit,
Jam. 3. 3.
Untill into his mouth be put
The Bridle, or the Bit;
Then this place shall a Bridle be,
Now for to keepe thee under,
Job 18. 12.
But thou a bit wilt sometimes want,
To satisfie thy hunger.
If thou here now
1 Thes. 5. 14.
unruly art,
Thou shalt then have the worst▪
For thou wilt in the hole be put,
And there be soundly purs'd.
Jer▪ 5. 3.
And if this place will not thee mend,
Thy friends then may conclude,
That thou wilt ne're be good, untill
Thou like a Hawke art mew'd,
And shut up close, where thou mayst not
Ecclus 18. 31.
Have things at thine owne will,
That thou thereby in time may'st leave
Thy rudenesse,
Psal. 4. 4.
and be still.
Ecclus 3. 26.
For now the more unquiet thou
In prison art, beleeve,
Ecclus 3. 27.
The more will be thy misery,
Which will thy heart much grieve.
These things therefore consider well,
Pro. 13. 16▪
Shew not thy selfe so idle,
Col. 3. 5.
In giving way to thine owne will,
But thine affections bridle.
And then thy friends, when they shall heare
Psal. 78. 34
And see thee thus reclaim'd,
They'le then beleeve thou hast much lost,
By which losse thou hast gain'd.
For having lost thy stubborne fits,
Pro. 17. 20.
Which brought thee into trouble,
Hos. 14. 4.
Gods love thou hast obtain'd, so that
Thy gaine is more then double.
Acts 24. 23
Thy liberty likewise shalt thou
Get, if the Lord see't fit,
How e're
Psal 37 7.
rest thou on him, and then
E're long thou shalt be quit,
And freed out of this place, where thou
Hast beene curb'd of thy will,
Psal. 73. 24
And be at length receiv'd to joyes,
Psal. 16. 11
Where thou shalt have thy fill.

To the Prisoners, called by the name of Mice, which are light huswives that are taken at unlawfull houres in the night by the Watch, and brought to Prison.

Ecclus 26. 25.
that a shame to women are,
That modesty have none,
Pro. 7. 11, 12.
Why wander you so late abroad,
When you should be at home?
What is your bus'nesse at such houres
Pro. 7. 9, 10
I'th night, when you should sleep?
No reason you at all can give,
Why you such houres keepe.
For if you could have satisfi'd
The Constable, who did
Examine you about the same,
Tit. 2. 5.
Which you know is forbid,
He had not brought you to this place,
Away you might have gone
Home to your houses, but here now
Esay 3. 18.
You must sing a new song.
This prison is no place for you,
You must not long here stay,
[Page 91] For he that brought you in, is bound
To carry you away
1 King. 3. 16.
Before the next Justice of peace,
Ecclus 20. 19.
Where you your tale must tell,
And if he like it not, then he
Will send you to Bridewell:
Where entertainment you shall have,
For when you are let in,
Ezek. 23. 28, 29.
The Blew-cotes will take you aside,
And whip your tender skin.
Ecclus 7. 24.
Now when your parents fond shall heare,
How you are thus corrected,
Ecclus 22. 3.
They'l then bethink themselves with grief
How they have you neglected.
Ecclus 22. 4
For when untoward Girles you were,
Which made them discontented,
Pro. 22. 15. & 19. 18.
If they had whipt you soundly then,
This might have beene prevented.
But now it is too late for them
For this thing to repent,
As 'tis too soone for you to be
Pro. 7. 13.
So vile and impudent.
Yet is it not too late for you
Acts 3. 19.
To repent and amend,
Which if you doe, then certainly
Acts 3. 20. John 15. 14.
The Lord will stand your friend;
Esa. 54. 4.
And bring you out of this disgrace,
Into which you are run,
Ezek. 36. 31.
And likewise give you grace, that you
[Page 92] These wicked wayes may shun:
But if the Lord should suffer you
Rom. 6. 12.
In sin to live, then know
[...] John 3. 8.
Into the Devils trap at length
You would be sure to goe.
Such Mice he often times doth catch,
Eph 6. 10.
With his deceitfull baites,
2 Cor. 2. 11
And like a Cat, both day and night,
For such Mice hourely waites.
The silly Mouce you know when he
His hole keepes not i'th night,
But in a roome s [...]kes up and downe,
Although there be no light.
The watchfull Cat spying this Mouse
I'th darke, without a Candle,
Doth catch it on a sudden, which
It doth cruelly handle,
And will not leave this Mouse, untill
She hath it quite destroy'd;
Pro. 7. 27.
Thus will the Devill deale with you,
Jam. 5. 5.
That have the wantons playd:
And that like Owles
Pro. 7. 12.
will be▪abroad,
When others are at rest;
And when 'tis day, like them you doe
Repaire unto your nest.
The Owle and other Birds, you know,
Doe live alwayes asunder,
And if i'th day she should be seene,
Those Birds would at her wonder.
Ecclus 13. 15.
The Owle and other Birds doe not
At all agree together,
And therefore they divided are,
Not being of one feather.
Ecclus 26. 24.
So you that so much differ from
Good wives, that vertuous be,
2 Esd. 16. 49.
Your company they must needs shun,
With you they'le not agree:
Pro. 31. 27.
For women that good huswives are,
That live in reputation,
Gen. 18. 9. Ecclus 25. 25.
Will not be gadding, when they should
Be in their habitation.
Your houses are your prisons, that
This course of life have taken,
Mat. 8. 12.
A prison dark's prepar'd for you,
That have the
Esay 1. 4.
Lord forsaken.
The Devill shall your Jaylor be,
Hee'le keepe you fast no doubt,
Mat. 5. 26.
So fast, that all the friends you haev,
Shall never get you out.
In which dark dungeon you then shall
Live in great miserie;
Mat. 25. 41
Satan with his cursed crew,
Shall keepe you company.
Pro. 5. 3, 4▪
Your pleasures then shall surely end,
V. 5.
Your paines shall then begin,
And never end, if you resolve
2 Esd. 16. 77.
To live and dye in sin.
Consider this you shamelesse Imps,
Pro. 7. 7.
Who young fooles doe entice
To wickednesse, for which cause you
Are hither brought for Mice.
Tit. 2. 4, 5.
Be civill, and learne modesty,
Keepe home,
Esa. 55. 7.
and quite forsake
Your former evill wicked wayes,
Esay 38. 14
God will undertake
Ezra 9. 13.
To keepe you from those fearfull plagues
Which you justly deserve;
Job 36. 11
And give you joyes in stead of thereof,
If you him duly serve.
Hos. 10. 12
Wherefore delay no time at all,
Your mindes to goodnesse give,
That when your bodies here shall dye,
Joh. 17. 24
Your soules in heaven may live.

To his Mother.

Psal. 73. 21
have with griefe of heart beene here
Five months and more, 'tis knowne,
And if I here should be a yeare,
I scarce know any one
Psal. 69. 20
That would of me take pitty, and
Releeve me in distresse:
Job 35. 9, 10.
no friends will understand
How some doe me oppresse.
Job 19. 14
I am forsaken of all those
Psal. 55. 14
That in me tooke delight,
When I liv'd well, and wore good clothes,
Iob 30. 1.
But now they doe me slight;
Psal. 69. [...].
As if a meere stranger I were,
They'le not on me now call,
But doe with one consent forbeare
J [...]m. 1. 27.
To visit me at all.
Job 19. 13▪
Friends, kindred, and acquaintance, now
No kindnesse will me show,
I thinke they have made all a vow
2 King 14▪ 26.
To leave me here in woe.
But that's not all that troubles me,
One thing there is moreover,
Job 30. 25
grieves my very heart to see,
Th'unkindnesse of a mother.
Oh that I had no cause to write,
Or think to my great griefe,
Psal. 27. 10
How you have me neglected quite,
As if I were a theefe.
Yet when I call to minde
1 Joh. 4. 16
the love
That God beares to all such,
Esay 51. 12
As looke for comfort from above,
My minde is eased much.
Esa. 49. 15
Though mothers tender may forget
Their children, captives taken,
Yet God, our Father, will not let
His children be forsaken.
Psal. 141. 8
my trust and confidence
Shall be in him alone,
Hoping he will bring me out hence,
Psal. 17. 6.
Hee'le heare my plaint and mone.
2 Esd. 8. 8.
When I nine months was shut up fast,
In your close wombe, you know
The Lord he brought me forth at last,
Joh, 16. 21.
And gave you joy also.
I then almost for
2 Mac. 7. 27
three yeares space,
Your tender breasts did suck,
Pro. 4. 3.
In those dayes you did me embrace,
And call'd me pretty Duck.
John 9. 20
I am your sonne, deare mother, still,
And shall be till I dye,
Although I am now call'd poore Will,
Being in misery.
It is no money that I crave,
Perhaps you have it not,
Ecclus 3. 8.
It is your blessing I would have,
If it could now be got.
If you once would but send to me,
I know t'would me revive,
I then should thinke
1 Sam. 10. 2.
your care would be
To know how I did thrive.
But howsoever 'tis with me,
3 John 2.
My hope is you are well;
And that one day we shall both be
Rev. 21. 3.
In heav'n, with Christ to dwell.
In the meane space whil'st I am here,
Esa. 66. 1;
Let me some comfort finde,
From you that are my mother deare,
'Twill ease my troubled minde.
Why should such
Pro. 26. 28
flatt'ring friends, that are
I'th Country now about you,
Ecclus 28. 9
Seeke to make you with me to jarre,
That here must live without you.
I am your sonne, they are your friends,
Thinke of them as you please:
Pro. 19. 4.
They were my friends, for their own ends
When I liv'd more at ease.
I am perswaded in my heart,
If'twere not for that
Psal. 35. 20.
That you would act a mothers part,
And your old love renew.
Your motherly affection then
Would once againe appeare
Psal. 44. 13
To me, that am a scorne to men,
Now I am shut up here.
If I have not with all respect
Pro. 23. 22.
To you my duty done,
Then I'le confesse a great neglect
In me, your youngest son.
And on my bended knees I'le crave
Pardon of God on high,
Pro. 30. 17.
Who will soone bring downe to the grave
Such as the same deny.
Psal. 38. 10.
You now are old, and much decay'd
In strength, and otherwise,
And I in prison being laid,
Know not how to devise
Which way to helpe and succour you,
'Tis not now in my power,
The Lord knowes
Psal. 70. 5.
I have much adoe
Here to subsist an houre.
Three children I have of mine owne,
Which I cannot maintaine:
Mich. 7. 18.
But God who is to mercy prone,
Pro. 14. 26.
Hath eas'd me of that paine.
Psal. 31. 7.
For he considering my distresse
Psal 72. 4.
Hath rais'd them friends, with whom
They live, and have (I must confesse)
More then they had at home.
1 Sam. 5. 15
My wife that's vex'd and sorely griev'd,
With me she takes a share,
Psal. 69. 20.
For scarce one friend hath her releev'd,
Since we have had this care.
Judge now, deere mother, what a case
At this time I am in,
If I should long be in this place,
Job 16. 8.
'Twould make my cheekes look thin.
Heb▪ 10 24.
Think on me then, and let me heare
Some newes from you to morrow,
By some one of Buckinghamshire,
'Twill mitigate my sorrow.
And let me now, good mother, be
Excus'd, though you may finde
In these few lines written by me,
Some things against your minde.
1 Sam. 1. 16
For out of the abundance of
My great complaint and griefe
I write, (though some thereat may scoffe)
To have some poore reliefe.
Thus to conclude,
Psal. 37. 5.
I'le leave all to
My Father that's on high,
Pro. 3 6.
hee'le direct me what to doe
In this extremity.
Beseeching him to
Jam. 4. 6.
give us grace
And favour, so that we
1 Cor. 13. 12.
In heav'n may see him face to face,
When we there shall be free.

To the Prisoner that was to be discharged, and set at liberty.

Pro. 11. 27.
favour thou receiv'st, now thou hast need
Pro. 18. 24
friends or kindred, which thy case doe pitie,
Gal. 5. 13.
Whereby thou may'st out of this place be freed,
And take thy pleasure in Country or City:
1 Pet. 1. 17
Make good use of thy time,
Pro. 22. 26.
run not in debt,
To live out of
Pro. 22. 7.
danger doe not forget.
Mat. 5. 25.
For if the Sergeants take thee once againe,
Unto the Compter gate they will thee bring,
[Page 100] And there thou know'st thou canst not long remaine
The Turn-key hee'le be sure to let them in:
And then the Book-keeper will on ther looke,
And aske thy name to enter't in this Booke.
The Chamberlaine likewise thou then shalt see
With his cleane sheets, thee to appoint thy lodging,
And when he to thy chamber hath brought thee,
Thou must needs pay thy Garnish without dodging,
And when thou art here, thou wilt looke about,
And say, God helpe me, when shall I get out?
Mat. 12. 45.
Thy case may then be worse then ever'twas,
And besides that, all thy best friends perhaps,
May judge thee to be but an idle Asse,
Pro. 26. 11
Thou being fallen into a relapse:
Wherefore take heed,
Pro. 1. 10.
lewd company refraine,
Lest thou thereby art hither brought againe.

To those that come to visit their friends in Prison.

YOu that are
Mat. 25. 36
come to visit your poore friends,
Which in this solitary place doe lye,
Psal. 89. 32
The Lord
Psal. 71. 20
which to us all afflictions sends)
Acts 10. 4.
Takes notice of your workes of charity,
Acts 28. 12
If you your helping hand will now them lend,
Your comming then may be to some good end.
Jr. 38. 9.
'Tis hard with them (God knowes) now they are here
Ecclus 37. 6.
Here they want many things, though you have plenty,
Ecclus 37. 5.
Bread and small drink oft times is their best cheere,
Psal. 127. 2
And many times they sleepe with belly empty.
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Pro. 11. 25 2 Cor. 9. 7.
Wherefore take heed, be free, and not hide-bound,
Ecclus 4. 8
But let your friendly love to them be found.
Their debts increase, by being in this place
Their rent is double, and their charge is great,
Their liberty they want to their disgrace,
Job 19. 14
Their friends neglect them,
16. Pro. 19 7.
though they them intreat:
Job 6. 14.
If you will undertake among the rest
To helpe them now,
Jer. 37. 20. Ecclus 4. 4.
doe it at their request.
Esay 51. 18.
For here none will about their bus'nesse goe,
Unlesse before hand they be well rewarded,
Which pris'ners cannot doe, that are brought low,
And therefore are so much the lesse regarded:
Ecclus 4. 5.
If you supply their wants now they have need,
You shall performe a charitable deed.
Helpe them therefore
Esay 63. 5.
for helpe here they have none,
Psal. 88. 8.
Abroad they cannot goe their meanes to get,
Ecclus 4. 9.
And being here, they are much wrought upon,
So that in time they lose all by neglect.
Ecclus 29. 20.
Consider this, you that have liberty,
For this your owne case may be e're you dye.
Now when you from these captives doe depart,
Heb. 13. 3.
Thinke of them though they are out of your sight,
Then by your meanes they may no longer smart
Here in this prison, where is no delight:
Then they without all doubt thankfull will be,
Ecclus 3. 31
And your love gratifie, when they are free.
Job 6. 14. & 30. 25.
He is indeed a true friend, that can take
To heart the great afflictions of another,
And in his troubles will not him forsake,
Such a deere
Pro. 18. 24
friend is neerer then a brother.
If you such friends will be, Christ will one day
Be your chiefe friend,
Mat. 25. 34, 36.
and you receive with joy.

To the carelesse man, a Prisoner.

Judg 18. 7.
carelesse man thou hast beene in thy dayes,
For which cause thou unto this place art brought,
And wilt thou yet be carelesse here alwayes,
It is the way ne're to be worth a groat.
For here thou losest time, and may'st at last
In great want live, having spent all thou hast,
Ecclus 5. 1
Here thou canst live (say'st thou) with meanes as well
As in another place, 'tis all one to thee,
Ecclus 5. 2.
Yet if a minde thou hast here long to dwell,
Thou dost not know how soone it may undoe thee.
He is a foole, or knave, that here will be
Shut up in prison, when he may be free.
Ecclus 22 3
It seemes thy breeding hath not beene so good,
That thou should'st not regard thy liberty,
But like a Novice that ne're understood
How to distinguish joy from misery.
For if thou pleasure take here day or night,
Thou know'st not what belongs
Pro. 19. 10.
to true delight.
Doubtlesse that man that beares an honest minde,
Will scorne
Psal. 142. 7.
to live here longer then needs must,
For he elsewhere better content may finde,
In things that lawfull are, honest, and just,
The carelesse man regardeth not at all
What place he lives in, and therefore must fall.
What if thou hast a bed to lye upon,
With meat and drinke enough here for a time:
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Luk. 15. 14.
What wilt thou doe when all thy money's gone
Goe in a corner, and there cry and whine.
Thus 'twill be, if thou doe it not prevent,
Yet carelesse men are never diligent.
If thou thus carelesse art now of thy selfe,
Dost thinke thy friends a care of thee will have,
Thou art deceiv'd, for though they have much wealth,
Pro. 19. 7.
They'le suffer thee to live here like a slave.
If thou these things dost not at all regard,
Thinke if thou suffer, 'tis thy just reward.
Be thou not like
2 Pet. 2. 22.
the Sow, or filthy Hog,
Which leaves fresh straw, to wallow in the mire:
Or like the Raven that barkes like a Dog,
Which here abides, although it can flye higher,
For if thou here wilt needs set up thy rest,
Thou may'st then be compar'd unto a beast.
The carelesse man that in prison doth lye,
Regardeth now how things may with him be,
1 Tim. 5. 8
He cares not for his wife and family,
The Heathen man is not so bad as he:
If thou still in this kinde so carelesse art,
Thou shalt one day for it be sure to smart.
Wherefore have thou a religious honest care,
To thinke before hand how thou should'st provide
For thee and thine, such things as needfull are:
Mat. 6. 31, 32.
But pensive carefulnesse lay thou aside,
Mat. 6. 33.
Let thy chiefe care be for the life to come,
Then shalt thou no want have, having so done.
Now seeing thou here art in prison fast,
Which prison is a place of care, no doubt,
Be not yet carelesse,
Psal. 43. 5.
nor thy selfe downe cast,
[Page 104] But use thy best endeavours to get out:
Pro. 16. 7.
Be carefull to please God above all things,
Then he'le release thee,
Esa. 55. 7.
and pardon thy sins.

To the rich man, a Prisoner.

Eccles 5. 13
that art rich, and good meanes hast abroad,
What need'st thou be penn'd up in this close place?
2 King. 4. 7.
Why dost not with thy Creditors accord?
But shew'st thy selfe in this to be so base.
If thou here live, having wherewith to pay,
Thou shalt for it be sure to smart one day.
Thy Creditors want that which thou canst spare:
Psal. 37. 21
Why dost thou not in time give them their due?
'Tis like that some of them cannot forbeare
Their debts,
Ecclus 29. 4.
for which they now are forc'd to sue.
If thou wilt not them pay, then art thou shamelesse,
And they in laying thee up here are blamelesse.
Ecclus 11. 18.
It may be thou ly'st here charges to save,
Regarding not thy credit in this kinde:
In which thou shew'st thy selfe to be a knave,
In bearing such a wicked wretched minde.
Though thou hereby thy creditors dost displease,
Yet know thou canst not here live long at ease.
Luke 6. 24 Pro. 11. 4.
What art thou now the better for thy wealth,
If thou no better use thereof dost make?
Ecclus 30. 15.
Thou should'st esteeme of liberty and health,
And not lye basking here like a poore Snake.
If thou from men thus keep'st thy meanes away,
The Lord will not thy punishment delay.
For shame doe not thy creditors abuse,
But looke about thee,
Rom. 13. 7.
and them give content:
For thou canst not thy selfe in this excuse,
And therefore deserv'st to be soundly shent:
Wherfore thy creditors now satisfie,
That thou no longer in this place mayst lye.
And when thou art hence gone,
Pro. 29 7.
consider what
Great mis'ry many poore men doe endure,
That meat, drink, clothes, and lodging here doe lacke,
Which they by no meanes know how to procure.
Pro. 3. 27.
Doe them some good,
Mat. 6. 12.
that art thy selfe a debtor,
Then thou by being here wilt be the better.
1 Joh. 3. 17.
But if thou riches hast, and hast no care
Of thy poore brethren, who are in distresse,
But on the contrary wilt yet forbeare
To pay thy due, and live in idlenesse,
Jam. 5. 12. 3
Thy cank'red money shall a witnesse be
Against thee, when thou art in misery.
Ecclus 14. 18.
Be not a slave to that which should serve thee,
Eccles 6. 2.
As those are which have meanes without Gods blessing:
But having meanes be to poore pris'ners free,
'Twill be to them thou know'st a great refreshing:
Being thus well dispos'd, God will one day
1 Tim. 6. 17
Give thee such riches as will ne're decay.

To the idle man, a Prisoner.

Pro. 12. 24.
that an idle course of life doth lead,
Into great danger must needs fall at last,
What man will undertake to intercede
[Page 106] For such a man when he's in prison cast?
'Tis idlenesse hath brought thee to this place,
Where thou art like to live in a poore case.
Pro. 20. 4.
Thou now art fallen into poverty,
Pro. 19. 15.
idle men cannot at all avoyd,
For which cause thou art now here forc'd to lye,
And here mayst lye untill thy debts be payd;
And though some may at thee a while connive,
Yet such an idle fellow cannot thrive.
2 Thes. 3. 10, 11.
Unworthy thou art of meat, drink, and clothes,
2 Thes. 3. 12.
That slothfull art, and labour dost refuse,
Thy friends in time will turne to be thy foes,
That hast a calling, which thou dost abuse:
The prison is too good for such a one,
That his time spends thus like an idle Drone.
Pro. 6. 6, 7.
The little silly creatures, that are dumbe,
Are wiser then thou art, and can thee teach
Pro. 6. 8.
How thou should'st labour, and idlenesse shun:
This doctrine others besides them doe preach:
If thou of them learne not, thou shalt be sure
Pro. 6. 11.
To live in want, and misery endure.
When God at first our parents did create,
He made them not in idlenesse to live,
Gen. 3. 19. 2 Thes. 3. 8.
They labour'd and tooke paines early and late,
Although the Lord the whole world did them give.
Job. 5. 7. Ecclus 10. 27.
men are borne to labour, and therefore
Such idle persons the Lord doth abhorre.
He that his minde now gives to idlenesse,
May fitly be compar'd unto a weed
Which in it hath no vertue, not goodnesse,
Therefore should not be let alone to breed,
[Page 107] But rather be pluckt up, and cast away,
Luke 13. 7.
the ground it doth so much annoy.
But now thou art in prison, thou dost thinke
A priviledge thou hast idle to be;
And that thereat
Pro. 15. 3.
the Lord above doth winke:
Thou art deceiv'd,
Luke 13 6.
for thou like the Fig-tree,
(Which fruitlesse was)
Luke. 13. 7.
shalt be cut down and curs'd;
For idle men of all men are the worst.
Acts 18. 3.
If thou a calling hast, thou mayst it use
In some sort, or be otherwise imploy'd
1 Tim. 4. 7, 8.
In godly vertues, which good men doe chuse
To labour in, and therewith are not cloy'd:
For God rejects and casts all such away,
As only love
1 Cor. 10. 7
to eate, drinke, sleepe, and play.
What pleasure canst thou take to fit and drink
With others, that no goodnesse have at all?
That take Tobacco till their breath doe stinke,
Psal. 14. 4.
And set no time apart on, God to call.
Is this a time to spend time in this kinde?
Joh. 12. 40.
Surely the Devill hath made such fooles blinde.
Rom. 14. 18.
The time will come when thou account shalt give
How thou thy time hast spent here and elsewhere,
Job 8. 9.
Thou canst not thinke thou hast here long to live,
Pro. 15. 32
Though thou of thy soules health hast now no care.
1 Pet. 4. 2.
The time thou hast, that precious time spend well,
And have a care no
Mat. 12. 36
[...]lle tales thou tell.
Unto a place thou must goe, where thou shalt
Dan. 12 2.
Live everlastingly in joy or paine;
1 Joh. 2. 17.
This world's the through fare, thinke now what a fault
2 Pet. 3. 11
It is in him that thinke not of these twaine [...],
2. Pet. 3. 14.
Be diligent therefore,
Pro. 15. 24.
and walke a pace,
So shalt thou goe to heaven
Rev. 21. 10, 11.
that joyfull place.
1 Pet. 1. 13
Rowze up thy selfe, and think though thou here art
In prison of thy liberty restrain'd,
Yet if from this place thou would'st soone depart,
Heb. 6. 12.
Shun sloath and idlenesse, and be reclaim'd.
In action alwayes be,
Psal. 26 4.
spend no time vaine,
Col. 4. 5.
And thy lost time seeke to redeeme againe.

To the dissembling hypocrite, a Prisoner.

Mat. 15. 7. 8
that hast often playd the counterfeit
With those whom thou by that meanes hast deceiv'd,
Art for that cause into the Compter let,
Where many such as thou art are receiv'd:
If thou dissembling trickes wilt still here use,
Men will thee loath,
Jer. 42. 20, 22.
and God will thee refuse.
He cannot live (say'st thou) that can't dissemble:
Esay 32. 6.
I grant in thee this Proverb's verifi'd,
Yet have such knaves just cause to quake and tremble;
For certainly God cannot them abide.
Thou by dissembling may'st think to live well,
Job 8. 13. Mat. 24. 51.
Yet will that course of life bring thee to hell.
Pro. 26. 24, 25.
Sometimes some friends thou may'st deceive, I grant,
Job 17. 5.
By thy deceitfull, flatt'ring, lying tongue,
And afterwards thereof mayst boast and vaunt,
Yet for the same thy conscience shall be stung.
Job 20. 5.
What inward peace, think'st thou, can in thee be,
Ecclus 5. 9 1 Tim. 4. 2.
When thy smooth tongue and false heart can't agree?
Such hypocrites may make most men beleeve
Mat. 6. 5.
They are religious, honest, and discreet:
Yet if they doe not now for their sins grieve,
[Page 109] The Lord (who
Acts 15. 8. Mar. 12. 15.
knows their hearts) will with them meet
Mat. 23. 13 &c.
And many woes against them hee'le pronounce,
Psal. 52. 4, 5
And their deceitfull soules will soundly trounce.
Mat. 23. 28
Thy outward carriage may to them appeare
To be upright, as thou would'st have them think,
Mat. 23. 27
But thou within art full of filthy geere,
So that in the
Esay 65. 5.
Lords nostrils thou dost stinke.
Luk. 18. 14
sinfull Publican shall mercy finde
Sooner then the proud
John 9. 41. Mat. 23. 26
Pharisee that's blinde.
Act. 5. 2.
Though thou with men dissemble, yet take heed
Act. 5. 3, 4.
With God thou doe not play the hypocrite,
For if thou doe, think not thou shalt be freed
Act. 5. 5. Pro. 26. 26.
From being punish'd in the peoples sight,
If thou of these great sins art not afraid,
Thou wilt ere long in Gods prison be laid.
Satan his children teacheth to deny
The truth to God and man,
Joh. 8. 44.
he is a lyer,
Job 1. 7. Mar. 5. 9.
Yet he himselfe would not tell God a lye,
But told the truth, when he did him require:
Job 36. 13
The hypocrite whose heart's inclin'd to evill,
In this point farre worse is then is the Devill.
Now what a fearfull case art thou then in,
2 Tim. 3. 5
That in the Church visible art now living,
And canst not thy heart give to God, being
Act. 8. 21.
A false dissembling heart,
Pro. 10. 20.
not worth the giving,
Joh. 6. 70.
Which heart the Devill having once possess'd,
Will keepe it, for with him 'tis in request.
Consider this, before it be too late,
Thou in a place art now in
Psal 71. 20.
troubles great,
Where thou should'st
2 Thes. 5. 17.
often pray and
Psal. 63. 6.
Psal. 17. 6.
God heares them which him faithfully
Esay 19. 22
[Page 110] And then a
Ezek. 36. 26.
new heart hee'le thee likewise give,
Pro. 23. 26
Which heart thou mayst returne to him and live.

To the Commissioners appointed by his Majesty for the reliefe of poore Prisoners.

YOu noble Lords, Knights, Gentlemen, and others,
That are appointed by our gracious King
In these bad times to be Commissioners,
For the reliefe of prisoners, lamenting,
Job 35. 9.
Here are poore men oppress'd,
Lam. 5. 17.
ready to faint▪
Be pleas'd to heare
Psal. 55 2.
their pittifull complaint.
Pro. 12. 10
The cruelty of many creditors
Is such, as heretofore was never knowne,
Job 6. 14.
No pitty they have on their poore debtors,
Ezek. 3. 7.
Because their hearts are as hard as a stone:
Wherefore poore pris'ners
Psal. 31. 9.
laden here with griefe
Pro. 29. 7.
Appeale to you for succour and reliefe.
Mat. 18. 29.
The debtor's willing to doe what he can
His cruell creditor to satisfie,
And though he offer like an honest man,
To give him all he hath for's liberty:
Mat. 18. 30.
Yet will he not at all listen unto him,
Because he had much rather quite undoe him.
A man imprison'd cannot exercise
His calling, by which meanes his family
At home want food and rayment, and likewise
He's like to perish here without mercy:
For his rich creditor
Pro. 30. 14.
saith he cares not
If he in prison lye untill he not.
Such ill condition'd creditors doe know,
The Prison's not a place where men e're thriv'd,
And yet they take a course to overthrow
Some that are here of liberty depriv'd:
For some well knowne are not asham'd to say,
Mich. 3. 2. 3
They'le have their bones, if they their debts can't pay.
These rig'rous courses against pris'ners must
Be here endur'd by them, unlesse you please
To mitigate the same,
Psal. 82. 3.
which is both just
And lawfull, which will be much for their ease:
Hos. 12. 6.
If Mercy be with Justice mix'd, then may
Many poore pris'ners be releas'd each day.
Wherefore those that have just cause to complaine,
Referre themselves,
Job 29. 16.
and their distressed cause
To you, that have full power to maintaine
That good Commission, grounded on Gods Lawes:
Now you by vertue thereof much good doe
To pris'ners that referre themselves to you.
Although some creditors be obstinate,
And very wilfull, which will not obey
Such orders as you power have to make,
For such as their debts can't presently pay:
Ecclus 4. 9
Yet without doubt you have authority
To punish those that are refractory.
2 Cor. 10. 1
But by your gentle, sweet, and milde perswasions,
Such creditors whose hearts are mollifi'd,
Doe yeeld themselves upon all good occasions,
Your charitable censures to abide:
Poore debtors by this meanes may be enlarg'd,
And afterwards their debts justly discharg'd.
Now if you doe procure them certaine dayes
[Page 112] Of payment, that they may with courage goe
Abroad to seeke their fortunes,
Psal. 146. 1, 7.
they will prayse
The Lord for you, that doe such favour show:
Pro. 31. 9.
For those that doe the cause of poore men plead,
Mat. 25. 34
Their lives in heav'n with Christ shall ever lead.

To his Chamber-fellowes, and other distressed Prisoners of the Knights Ward, that were there shut up of the Plague.

WE now have cause to look about, and think
How soone
Rom. 14. 10.
we may be call'd unto the barre
Of Gods great Justice, from which we can't shrinke:
Let's therefore think on't whil'st we yet here are;
Eccles 8. 8. Ecclus 14. 12.
For when Gods Sergeant comes, hee'le make us know
Rom. 14. 12
We must be gone whether we will or no.
Examples to our terrour here we have,
Psal. 102. 20.
Of Gods delinquents, how they doe lament
When they are smitten, and mark'd for the grave,
Heb. 9 27.
Because by no meanes they can it prevent.
Psal. 106. 29.
To this great danger we are all expos'd,
That are in this infectious place inclos'd.
Our Chamber-fellow being sick a bed,
Made us beleeve that he was free and cleere
From all infection, but when he was dead,
Gods tokens on his body did appeare;
Which sight increas'd our feare, and suddenly
We chang'd our lodging,
Mar. 10 47.
and cry'd for mercy.
The seventh day after, he that lay with me
2 Chron. 13. 20.
Dy'd likewise of the same disease, then I
[Page 113] Began to thinke
Esay 38. 10
that my turne next would be,
And did resolve to take it patiently.
Ezra 9. 15
But you and I God to this day hath spar'd,
Let's yet looke up, and be alwayes prepar'd.
1 Chron. 21. 16.
For the sword of the Lord (the Pestilence)
Is still stretch'd over us, and not yet sheath'd,
V. 16▪ 17.
To whom shall we repaire for our defence,
But to the Lord, lest we be much deceiv'd:
1 Sam. 2. 6.
He kills, and makes alive, 'tis he alone
Hos. 6. 1.
That wounds, & heals;
Psal. 55. 2.
to him let's make our mone.
Some of our company
Psal. 78. 50▪
he kills outright,
And some
Num. 14. 12
are sorely wounded ev'ry day,
And we that are i'th combat day and night,
Not kill'd nor wounded, yet can't run away.
But as the forlorne Hope i'th time of war,
2 Cor. 1. 8.
Are in a desperate case, so we now are.
1 Chron. 21. 13.
We now are fallen into the Lords hands,
As well as into'th hands of cruell men,
Esa. 49. 13.
Loe, mercy now against cruelty stands,
And will o'recome it, though we know not when;
Let men be what they will,
Neh. 9. 33.
the Lord is just,
Job 13. 15.
Then though he kill us, yet let's in him trust.
Psal. 38. 11.
Our friends and kindred, now, will not come neare us,
They have a faire excuse, yet may they send:
Our creditors whom wee fear'd,
Psal. 31. 11
now doe feare us,
Psal. 119. 74.
More then they feare God, on whom we depend:
Psal. 118. 6.
Let friends and kindred, creditors and all
Doe what they please,
Cant. 8. 10. Zech. 2. 5.
the Lord is our sure wall.
Psal. 69. 33
Gods pris'ners now we are,
Ezek. 21. 24
the action's laid,
Esa. 59. 12. Job 22. 5.
Our debts are just, and withall are so great,
Joel 3. 4. Job. 9. 3.
That by our selves they never can be paid:
[Page 114]
Mat. 11. 28
Wherefore let us our Creditor soone intreat,
Gal. 1. 4. Heb. 2. 17.
To be our surety, then no doubt but we
1 Pet. 1. 3.
Shall mercy finde,
John 8. 36
and e're long be set free.

The Prisoner at liberty, his thankfull remembrance of Gods great mercies towards him, in his manifold deliverances out of many great dangers and troubles to this present day. To the King of Heaven.

2 Pet. 2. 9.
that the great deliverer art of those,
Heb. 11. 6. & 4. 16.
That seeke to thee for helpe in time of need,
Lam. 3. 31.
Wilt not reject them,
Jam. 4 8.
but with them wilt close:
O Lord,
Mat. 12. 20
thou wilt not breake the bruised Reed.
Psal. 27. 13
When I was weake and faint,
& 9. 18.
ready to perish,
Esay 25. 4.
Thou then gav'st strength,
Psal. 146. 9.
and did'st me likewise cherish.
Phil. 2. 27.
When I was sicke, and in danger of death,
Job 29. 12.
Wanting at that time meanes to get reliefe,
[...] King 17 17.
Not being able scarce to fetch my breath,
Job 33. 19
Feeling much paine,
Psal. 31. 10
and almost kill'd with griefe:
Mat. 4 24. Psal. 30. 2.
Thou then wast my Physitian, which did'st cure
Esay 3. 9.
And gav'st me health,
Gen. 43. 28
the which doth yet endure.
Psal. 38. 19
When I had enemies for me too strong,
Psal. 65. 2.
That sought my ruine, and my overthrow,
Psal 8 6.
That did rejoyce when
& 35. 26.
they could doe me wrong,
Lam. 3 52.
So that I could not tell which way to goe:
Psal. 136. 24.
Thou then didst me defend, and mad'st them faile,
Psal. 129. 2
So that against me they could not prevaile.
2 Cor. 11. 26.
When I of cruell theeves was in great danger
Upon the wayes, in
Num. 21. 4.
woods and other places,
Luke 10. 30.
Where I alone then travell'd as a stranger,
[Page 115] Fearing I should be forc'd to see their faces:
Josh. 24. 17 Psal. 78. 52.
Thou then did'st me conduct, and wast my guide,
So that I had no hurt of neither side.
Jona 1. 4▪ 11.
When I at Sea was, in tempestuous weather,
2 Cor. 11. 26.
In perils great, and often times dismay'd,
When sands, and rocks, and raging waves together,
Jona 1. 5.
Caus'd all the Mariners to be afraid:
Mar. 4. 39.
Thou then, O Lord, did'st cause the stormes to cease,
Psal. 107. 30.
And brought'st us to the land, to rest in peace.
2 Cor. 11. 26, 27.
When I was often times in dangers great,
In divers parts, which thou Lord best dost know,
Which severall dangers I cannot repeat,
Being so many, and fearfull also,
Psal. 138. 7▪
Thou then did'st evermore stretch forth thine hand,
And me preserv'd as well by Sea as land.
Ruth 1. 3. 5
When I some friends and deare acquaintance lost,
That were to me in their life time a stay,
2 Sam. 1. 26
And when thou took'st them from me, being tost
Job 7. 4.
And tumbled in the world both night and day:
Psal. 33. 15.
Thou then which rul'st the hearts of all good men,
Ruth 2. 13 20.
Did'st raise me other friends in stead of them.
Job 1. 14, 15.
When I lost all th'estate I had, which thou
Ecclus 11. 14. Eccles. 5. 19.
Did'st give me for my comfort in this life,
After which losses great I knew not how
To live,
Tob. 1. 20.
but in great want with my poore wife:
Jam. 5. 11.
Thou then of me took'st pitie, and againe
Psal. 111. 5.
Restor'dst to me that which did us maintaine.
Obad. 2.
When I my credit lost, and my good name,
2 Sam. 19. 27. Ecclus 18. 14.
Being backbited, slaunder'd, and abus'd
In words, by those
Jam. 3. 8.
whose tongues no man could name,
Ecclus 18. 17.
So that it griev'd me to be so ill us'd:
[Page 116]
Psal. 37. 6.
Thou then at length did'st bring the truth to light,
Psal. 40. 2.
And my credit redeemd'st, for all their spight.
Acts 10. 38
When I extreamly was assaulted by
Mat. 15. 22
The Devill, who
Psal. 38. 3.
my conscience troubled sore
Lam. 4. 22.
With reckning then my sins up, so that I
Psal. 88. 14 16.
Was in despaire,
Job 7. 15. & 10. 1.
and did my life abhor,
Mat. 17. 18. Act. 26. 18.
Thou then (the God of mercy) did'st restraine
1 Pet. 5. 8.
His cruell rage,
Psal. 71. 20 Eph. 2. 1.
and me reviv'dst againe.
When I in prison was,
Lam. 3. 18, 19.
in misery,
Eccles 4 1.
Wanting all earthly comforts, and also
Psal. 88. 3.
When I thought the time come that I should dye,
Psal. 106. 29.
By reason of the Plague, which there did grow.
Thou then
Psal. 136. 1.
whose mercy doth endure for ever)
Dan. 6. 27.
Did'st me out of that loathsome place deliver.
Heb. 10. 32
When many crosses and troubles I had
From time to time,
Psal 77. 3.
which troubled much my minde,
And yet to those afflictions
Phil. 1. 16.
some would adde
More sorrow,
2 Tim. 4. 14.
for they were to me unkinde:
Then Lord,
Psal. 145. 18
when I in faith did on thee call,
Psal. 72. 12
Thou didst deliver me out of them all.
Psal. 116. 12.
Now Lord what shall I render unto thee
For all these gracious favours, beyond measure,
Esay 58. 11.
Which thou hast still vouchasafed unto me,
According to thy blessed will and pleasure?
1 Chron. 29. 13.
I will thee give all praise, and eke thanksgiving,
Psal. 146. 2
As long as in this world I have a being.
Psal. 103. 2.
benefits, thy
1 Joh. 4. 16.
love, thy providence,
Gen. 49. 25
blessings temporall, and
Eph. 1. 3.
Gen. 30. 27
Of all which I have had experience,
Mat. 6. 32.
Besides thy care, which is perpetuall,
Psal. 92. 1.
Deserves more thanks and praise, being so rare,
[Page 117] Then
1 Cor. 13. 1.
tongues of men or Angels
Psal. 66. 16
can declare.
I now beseech thee
Psal. 157. 6
I may ne're forget
Psal. 89. 1.
Thy wonderfull great mercies showne to me,
Psal. 100. 4.
But make me truly thankfull, and so let
Psal. 119. 76.
T'wards me thy loving kindnesse ever be:
Luke 23. 42.
And when I goe from hence, Lord let me crave
Phil. 1. 23.
I may in heav'n with thee my dwelling have.

To his good Friend, that gave order to his Friend to see him discharged out of Prison.

R—Oan is the place where
Ecclus 6. 15.
my deere friend doth dwel,
Ecclus 6. 16.
Thou that deere friend art to thy friend Bagwell.
Gen. 39. 20
was in prison in great misery,
Where I, (as I thought)
Ecclus 6. 7
did my best friends try.
Gen. 40. 14▪
their helpe,
& V. 23.
yet helplesse they left me,
2 Chron. 28. 16.
And therefore I for helpe sent unto thee.
Luke 10. 31, 32.
in mine owne Country I could not finde
Luk. 10. 33.
A friend, as thou hast beene, to me so kinde.
Tob. 1. 16.
a friend to many I have beene,
Mat. 25. 43
Yet none of me in prison would esteeme.
Jer. 38. 7, 13.
am I now out of that distresse,
Which was by thy meanes, and yet ne'rethelesse
D—oe not thinke but thine Agent I'le content,
Psal. 146. 7
God's the Author, thou the Instrument.
L—ong have I laine shut up in that close place,
Psal. 88. 18
friends and kindred left me in disgrace.
I—n my more
Ecclus 12. 8
prosp'rous dayes I could not know
How to distinguish my friend from my foe.
Job 42. 11.
of my friends in those dayes were glad
Kindnesse to shew me, when no need I had.
[Page 118] B—ut
Job 6. 14.
when God brought me to adversity,
No kindnesse from those friends at all had I.
Pro. 17. 17
I have had of thy true love,
Which I must needs confesse
Psal. 18 16
came from above.
R—ejoyce should I,
Ecclus 37. 6.
if I could tell which way
To recompence thy love without delay.
Y—et let me tell thee, to avoid all strife,
Phile. 22.
E're long I'le see thee, if God spare us life.

To a carefull Friend that discharged the trust commit­ted to him by his Friend, in seeing of him freed out of Prison.

Col. 3 12
kind-hearted men, whose mindes are bent
1 Jam. 6. 18.
To doe good to such as are almost spent,
Psal. 12. 1.
rare, I dare say, seeke the Kingdome round,
Pro. 20. 6.
Scarce one in forty in these dayes are found.
1 Sam. 25. 12.
worldlings, though they have much to spare,
1 John 3. 17.
Yet they of Gods poore children have no care.
Jam. 5. 5.
men that live in pleasure and great fame,
Gen. 11. 4.
Doe famous things to get themselves a name.
Jam. 1. 27.
honest true religious man indeed,
That's blest with means,
Acts 10. 2.
wil help those that have need,
Act. 20. 34.
onely of himselfe, but will likewise
1 Cor. 16. 1.
Stir others up to that good exercise.
Eph. 5. 2. 5.
his poore members loves, he's their safeguard,
Mat. 25. 34 31.
And those that doe them good he will reward.
E—very one that's poore is not Christs member,
Mat. 5. 3. James 2. 5.
Yet he that's poore in spirit he doth tender.
Pro. 28. 6.
is the upright poore man, then he
Pro. 21. 24.
That's rich and scornfull, as most rich men be.
R—ich and poore that
Psal. 37. 37
religious are
& 107. 43.
and wise,
Are happy,
1 Pet. 3. 12.
and most precious in Gods eyes.
[Page 119] I—n this last age much
Esay 3. 16. Hos. 7. 10.
pride and
Neh. 1. 2, 3
Is in all places,
Mat. 24. 12
but small charity.
Neh. 5. 12.
were men in times past which liv'd wel
1 King 17 12, 13.
So hard put to it, which they blush to tell.
L—ittle doe most men think,
Ecclus 11. 4. 24.
that boast and vaunt,
2 Cor. 8. 14.
What 'tis to helpe poore house-keepers that want.
E—xperience I, and many besides me,
2 Cor. 8. 16, 17.
Have had of thy religious care so free.
Psal. 113. 1
unto God all praise and thanksgiving,
Joh. 3▪ 27.
For those good things thou hast came all from him.

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