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So like a fly the poor offender dies,
But like the wasp the rich escapes and flies.
Do not, if one but lightly thee offend,
The punishment beyond the crime extend,
Or after warning the offence forget ;
So God himself our failings doth remit.
Expect not more from servants than is just; I15
Reward them well if they observe their trust:
Nor them with cruelty or pride invade,
Since God and Nature them our brothers made :
If his offence be great let that suffice;
If light forgive; for no man's always wise.


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UPON THE GAME OF CHESS. A tablet stood of that abstersive tree When Æthiop's swarthy bird did build her nest, Inlaid it was with Libyan ivory, Drawn from the jaws of Afric's prudent beast. Two kings like Saul, much taller than the rest, 5 Their equal armies draw into the field; Till one taks th' other pris’ner they contest Courage and fortune must to conduct yield. This

game the Persian Magi did invent, 'The force of Eastern wisdom to express; From thence to busy Europeans sent, And styl'd by modern Lombards Pensive Chess. Yet some that fled from Troy to Rome report, Penthesilia Priam did oblige ; Her Amazons his Trojans taught this sport, Το pass

the tedious hours of ten years' siege. There she presents herself, whilst kings and peers Look gravely on whilst fierce Bellona fights ; Yet maiden modesty her motions steers, Nor rudely skips o'er bishops' heads like knights,20

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