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My sonne, keepe my wordes, & hide my commandements with thee.
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Keepe my commandements, and thou shalt liue, and mine instruction as the apple of thine eyes.
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Binde them vpon thy fingers, and write them vpon the table of thine heart.
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Say vnto wisedome, Thou art my sister: and call vnderstanding thy kinswoman,
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That they may keepe thee from the strange woman, euen from the stranger that is smoothe in her wordes.
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As I was in the window of mine house, I looked through my windowe,
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And I sawe among the fooles, and considered among the children a yong man destitute of vnderstanding,
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Who passed through the streete by her corner, and went toward her house,
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In the twilight in the euening, when the night began to be blacke and darke.
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And beholde, there met him a woman with an harlots behauiour, and subtill in heart.
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(She is babling and loud: whose feete can not abide in her house.
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Nowe she is without, nowe in the streetes, and lyeth in waite at euery corner)
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So she caught him & kissed him and with an impudent face said vnto him,
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I haue peace offerings: this day haue I payed my vowes.
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Therefore came I forth to meete thee, that I might seeke thy face: and I haue found thee.
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I haue deckt my bed with ornaments, carpets and laces of Egypt.
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I haue perfumed my bedde with myrrhe, aloes, and cynamom.
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Come, let vs take our fill of loue vntill the morning: let vs take our pleasure in daliance.
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For mine husbande is not at home: he is gone a iourney farre off.
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He hath taken with him a bagge of siluer, and will come home at the day appointed.
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Thus with her great craft she caused him to yeelde, and with her flattering lips she entised him.
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And he followed her straight wayes, as an oxe that goeth to the slaughter, and as a foole to the stockes for correction,
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Till a dart strike through his liuer, as a bird hasteth to the snare, not knowing that he is in danger.
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Heare me now therefore, O children, and hearken to the wordes of my mouth.
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Let not thine heart decline to her wayes: wander thou not in her paths.
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For shee hath caused many to fall downe wounded, & the strong men are all slaine by her.
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Her house is the way vnto ye graue, which goeth downe to the chambers of death.