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All For Money

-- This is an excerpt from Thomas Lupton's comedy, All for money. Plainly representing the maners of men, and fashion of the world noweadayes, 1578. I have quoted the text from the online text at Early English Books Online (EEBO). (link to whole text.)

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Satan.
¶ Ohe, ohe, ohe my babes, my chickens, and my friend Sinne,
Manie one through thee the kingdome of hell shall winne:
Ohe, for ioye and gladnes I can not stande or sitte,
Upon these cheareful words I must needes daunce a fitte.
Sinne.
¶ Yea, but one thing snottie nose wilbe verie hard,
Where shall we get a pype to [p]laye the deuill a [H] galliard?
Satan
¶ Before you turned backe I did both crie and weepe,
But nowe through thy comfort I can daunce without a pype:
I do nowe perceyue Money is so beloued,
That of manie aboue god he is esteemed and honoured,
And the worlde is giuen so much to delicacie and pleasure,
That Sinne and Damnacion encrease out of measure.

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Money vvithout learning
¶ What pratling felowe is this that is so talketiue,
It seemes he is learned but yet he can not thriue.
Learning vvith mony
¶ Yea surely he is learned of whom it is great pitie,
He hath no certaine liuing nor yet anie money.
Money vvithout learning
¶ In faith then he may daunce amongst beggers well ynough,
Thou wert best giue vp thy learning and helpe to holde the plongSingle illegible letter

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