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First Line: Lord, how is gamester changed! His hair close cut
Last Line: The body's stripes, I see, the soul may save.


Lord, how is gamester changed! His hair close cut!
His neck fenced round with ruff! His eyes half shut!
His clothes two fashions off, and poor! His sword
Forbid' his side! And nothing, but the Word
Quick in his lips! Who hath this wonder wrought?
The late ta'en bastinado. So I thought.
What several ways men to their calling have!
The body's stripes, I see, the soul may save.





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