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PALMESTRIE, by            
First Line: Art sure th'ast given so much to the poor?
Last Line: By the cleer evidence of thine own hand?
Subject(s): Prophecy & Prophets; Tithes

ART sure th'ast given so much to the Poor?
Was't not thy meaning to bestow
Part on thine own Vain-glory? Never score
Up that on Gods account, which thou
Spendst on the Devil; nor make Charitie
Hell purveyor, who should Heavns steward be.


I'l not inquire thorough what trumpets throat
Thou spak'st the prologue to thy Gift;
Nor in what carefull pomp thou gav'st thy groat;
Nor what a hard & piteous shift
Thou mad'st to let Spectators know that thou
Didst three weeks since another groat bestow.


Indeed no such intelligence; for I
By Palmestrie can read it plain:
Thy right hand to thy left did it descry,
And now thy left tells tales again.
What canst thou answer, who dost guilty stand
By the cleer evidence of thine own hand?

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