The Common People by Rowland Watkyns

Neutrum modò, mas modo vulgus.

The many-headed Hydra, or the People,
Now build the Church, then pull down Bells and Steeple:
Today for learned Bishops, and a King,
They shout with one consent; tomorrow sing
A different note: One while the people cry
To Christ Hosanna; then him crucifie:
And thus the wavering multitude will be
Constant in nothing but inconstancie:
When these together swarm, the Kingdom fears;
They are as fierce as Tygers, rude as Bears.

From: R.W., Flamma sine fumo, or, Poems without fictions hereunto are annexed the causes, symptoms, or signes of several diseases with their cures, and also the diversity of urines, with their causes in poeticl measures, 2011, Text Creation Partnership: Ann Arbor, Michigan and Oxford, p. 35.
(http://quod.lib.umich.edu/cgi/t/text/text-idx?c=eebo2;idno=A65256.0001.001)

Date: 1662

By: Rowland Watkyns (c1614-1664)

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