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FABLES of ſeveral Authors

The Moral.

'Tis a piece of Market Policy, for People of a Trade to bear hard One upon another, when it comes once to the Que{ſtion betwixt a Couple of Knaves, which is the Honeſter Man of the Two.

REFLEXION.

There are no Greater Atheiſts under the Sun, then that ſort of People that Diſtinguiſhes it ſelf from other Men by the Name of the Godly, and the Ungodly Party: No Arranter Hypocrites in Hell, then thoſe that told the Sons of Levi they took too much upon them, but that Congregation was Holy Every Man of 'em, and the Lord was among them. Divine Vengeance cut them off we ſee, Flagranti Crimine, for the Earth Open'd her Mouth and Swallow'd them up, Them and their whole Party, and they went down Alive into the Pit. No People ſo Unmerciful to Poor Little Whores, and Thieves, as Rich Great Ones. The Griping Uſurer Inveighs againſt Extortion; Church-Robbers againſt Sacrilege; the moſt Inſupportable of Tyrants, Exclaim againſt the Exerciſe of Arbitrary Power; and none ſo Fierce againſt the Sin of Rebellion, as the moſt Execrable of Traytors Themſelves. Thus we find it in theſe Inſtances; and the fame Phariſaical Spirit runs through the whole Roll of our Darling Iniquities. The Miller is brought in here Preaching againſt Stealing; and it is upon the whole matter an Unaccountable Truth, that we do all Naturally pretend the Greateſt Averſion to that Lewdneſs in Another, which we moſt Indulge in our Selves. This is it that we call Crying Whore Firſt; as if the Impudence of Out-facing the Wickedneſs, were ſome fort of Attonement for the Scandal of it.


FINIS.