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To consociate with evil will make one the lowest and meanest of all animated beings; therefore a wicked man,

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when he dies, and his soul enters the meanest worm 1 in existence, becomes better, and ascends in the migration of Abred. From this has arisen the saying,--"Trample not on thy better," addressed to one who tramples on a worm voluntarily, and without a cause.


245:1 p. 244 "Pryf," a worm, originally written prif, probably obtained its name from its being the first prif = primus--link in the chain of Abred.

There seems to be some allusion to the doctrine enunciated here in those lines by Casnodyn, A.D. 1290-1340;

Trefnaist wern uffern affaith sathan;
Trefred i bryfed, lle yd ymbrofan’.

Thou didst prepare the slough of hell suitable for Satan;
The habitation for worms, where they will be in mutual strife.

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