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that1employéd are the apes to catch,
where they haunt they use to watch2;
3Stockings and clothes about the ground they scatter.
4Then instantly the apes begin to chatter;
5And being ambitious to be in the fashion
6(Just as we imitate
our neighbor nation3),
They draw them on4. The huntsmen then they see;
8Then every ape begins to
9But up they could not get for all their
10They straight were caught and led away in chains.
11Thus those which took a town once from the Moors
12Through their ambition were enslaved to
Semiramis, that was old Ninus’s love8,
14’Twas her ambition turned her to a dove.
Crook’d-Back’s ambition made five monarchs yield9,
Whose score he paid again in Bosworth field10.
17Ambition made one
O11his sovereign kill,
mak’t12good, much innocent blood to spill.
19But there’s a
Nemesis13that will look down
20On all usurpers of their masters’
Jezebel bid furious Jehu15see
22The curséd end of
Phocion the royal family subdued17,
24And in their princely blood his hands
25Which horrid action
he and his19all rued.
Andronicus20, that made his sovereign bleed,
27Cried out at last, “Don’t bruise a bruiséd reed.”
Diocles the fatal boar pulled down21
29And triumphed in his murdered master’s crown,
30Till, finding it too heavy, laid it by;
for all22, he by the sword did die.
Pompey’s ambition23would no superior have;
He lost his hopes, in Egypt found a grave24.
Cæsar no equal ever would abide25;
35He had his aim, yet by the senate died.
37When each to other sacrificed his friend.
38Ambition made the
And kicked king, lords, and commons, out of doors28.
40Thus all confusion from ambition springs:
41Apes would be men, and all men would be kings.
42Then, by this emblem it doth plain appear,
43’Tis best for every one to keep his