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OF CAUTION, by                    
First Line: Say, wouldst thou guard thy son
Last Line: Be free of fruit to all.
Alternate Author Name(s): Barberino, Francesco Da
Variant Title(s): Sentenze Of Caution
Subject(s): Guard Duty; Italian Renaissance; Prudence; Caution

SAY, wouldst thou guard thy son,
That sorrow he may shun?
Begin at the beginning
And let him keep from sinning.

Wouldst guard thy house? One door
Make to it, and no more.
Wouldst guard thine orchard-wall?
Be free of fruit to all.

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