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Stedman and Hutchinson, comps.  A Library of American Literature:
An Anthology in Eleven Volumes.  1891.
Vols. I–II: Colonial Literature, 1607–1764
 
Six Hobnails
By Nathaniel Ward (1578–1652)
 
[From The Simple Cobbler of Aggawam. 1647.]

        I PRAY let me drive in half a dozen plain honest Country Hobnails, such as the Martyrs were wont to wear; to make my work hold the surer; and I have done.

THERE lives cannot be good,
  There, faith cannot be sure,
Where truth cannot be quiet,
  Nor ordinances pure.
 
No King can king it right,        5
  Nor rightly sway his rod;
Who truly loves not Christ,
  And truly fears not God.
 
He can not rule a land,
  As lands should ruled been,        10
That lets himself be rul’d
  By a ruling Roman Queen.
 
No earthly man can be
  True subject to this State;
Who makes the Pope his Christ,        15
  An heretic his mate.
 
There Peace will go to War,
  And Silence make a noise:
Where upper things will not
  With nether equipoise.        20
 
The upper World shall rule,
  While Stars will run their race:
The nether World obey,
  While people keep their place.
 
THE CLENCH.
If any of these come out
        25
  So long ’s the World do last
Then credit not a word
  Of what is said and past.
 
 
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