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My sonne, keepe my words, and lay vp my commaundements with thee.
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Keepe my commandements, and liue: and my law as the apple of thine eye.
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Bind them vpon thy fingers, write them vpon the table of thine heart.
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Say vnto Wisedome, Thou art my sister, and call Understanding thy kinse woman,
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That they may keepe thee from the strange woman, from the stranger which flattereth with her words.
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For at the windowe of my house I looked through my casement,
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And behelde among the simple ones, I discerned among the youths, a yong man void of vnderstanding,
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Passing through the streete neere her corner, and he went the way to her house,
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In the twilight in the euening, in the blacke and darke night:
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And behold, there met him a woman, with the attire of an harlot, and subtill of heart.
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(She is loud and stubburne, her feet abide not in her house:
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Now is shee without, now in the streetes, and lieth in waite at euery corner.)
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So she caught him, and kissed him, and with an impudent face, said vnto him,
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I haue peace offerings with me: this day haue I paid my vowes.
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Therefore came I forth to meete thee, diligently to seeke thy face, and I haue found thee.
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I haue deckt my bed with couerings of tapestrie, with carued workes, with fine linnen of Egypt.
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I haue perfumed my bed with myrrhe, aloes, and cynamom.
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Come, let vs take our fill of loue vntill the morning, let vs solace our selues with loues.
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For the good-man is not at home, he is gone a long iourney.
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He hath taken a bag of money with him, and will come home at the day appointed.
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With much faire speech she caused him to yeeld, with the flattering of her lips she forced him.
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He goeth after her straightway, as an oxe goeth to the slaughter, or as a foole to the correction of the stocks,
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Til a dart strike through his liuer, as a bird hasteth to the snare, and knoweth not that it is for his life.
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Hearken vnto me now therefore, O ye children, and attend to the words of my mouth.
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Let not thine heart decline to her wayes, goe not astray in her paths.
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For shee hath cast downe many wounded: yea many strong men haue bene slaine by her.
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Her house is the way to hell, going downe to the chambers of death.