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Phalaris1, for tyranny so famed,
the brazen bull Perillus framed2,
3He made him first the horrid pain
4And with his life his cunning
out to roar4.
5Thus, as Perillus in the bull was put,
Procrustes to his bed was stretched or cut5;
he that kicked down people to the seas6
8Received the like,
he that with his forehead dashed out brains8
10Had like for like. What also was
11That ’tween two trees did kill men cruelly?
12Did he not by the self-same torture die?
13O, that all those that flatter tyranny
14Might first their own accurséd projects try!
that fell tyrant that in Newbury reigned10
16Should first unto the
fatal stage been chained11;
17Then those that made the
engine12to pull down
His sacred head13which wore our British crown.
19When lamb-like on that altar he did lie,
20Why did not
Were some condemned, the axe would move alone16,
23Then should their children to
Their ’states sequestered20,
widow eyes o’erflow21.
those that do their fellow Christians sell22
26Will in their conscience feel the flames of Hell.
worm will gnaw23, though for a time ’tis hid,
28And make them roar worse than Perillus did.