"Speak The Truth And Shame The Devil"

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Context: In the Prologue to the Fifth Book, the author asks the question, "Pray, why is it that people say that men are not such sots nowadays as they were in the days of yore?" He then goes on to ask a series of related rhetorical questions and finally says to the reader in a proverb which is widespread in usage:

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. . . Now answer me, an't please you. . . . Come, pluck up a good heart, Speak the truth and shame the devil, that enemy to Paradise, that enemy to truth . . .

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