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Flamma sine Fumo

or, poems without fictions. Hereunto are annexed the Causes, Symptoms, or Signes of several Diseases with their Cures, and also the diversity of Urines, with their Causes in Poetical measure. By R. W. [i.e. Rowland Watkyns]
1 occurrence of shall rise with fleas
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Monstrum horrendum, informe, ingens, cui lumen ademptum.

God bless me from the Devil: woe to man,
If God rules not that great Leviathan.
Dark, foggy mists he casts before our eyes,
To make us credit his phantastick lyes:
His greatest proffers are but painted toyes,
Lin'd through with grief, and onely fac'd with joyes.


With pleasant potions, and with sugred pills
The Devil tempts his patient when he kills.
He tempted David with Bathsheba fair;
Judas with silver-pieces, whom despair
Brought to perdition: with a beauteous face
He brought two wanton Elders to disgrace:
With Naboths vineyard Achab he beguil'd,
So he with blood his guilty hands defil'd.
He cozen'd Achan with a wedge of gold,
Eve with an apple: No man can unfold
His various tricks; he knoweth when to fish,
What bait you love, what things you chiefly wish.
Three ways he useth most; Wine, women, wealth,
By which he creeps into the heart by stealth:
Resist him at the first, he'll flie away;
Get but the morning, and you have the day.