Fly-leaf Scribblings 155
Whosoever steals this Book away may Think on that great judgement day when Jesus Christ shall come and say Where is that book you stole away. Then you will say I do not know and Christ will say go down below.
The most dubious fly-leaf inscription that I have seen is this one : —
Francis Barton is my name a merica is my nation pitsfield is my dweling place and christ is my salvation when i am dead and in my grave and all my bones are rotton its youl remember me or else i will be forgotten.
In a tiny volume published in Boston in 1685 entitled the Protestant Tutor, I find a quatrain of a very different character from the rough humor or the belligerent threatenings of the usual fly-leaf entries. It runs thus ; —