Among the poetic works of John Taylor (1578/1580-1653) -- who called himself the "the king's water-poet and the queen's water-man," on account of his labors as a waterman on the River Thames, and was evangelically-minded though a Royalist devoted to the Established Church -- is a clever poem which takes up this expression of King James and distinguishes more properly between Puritan-Knaves ("the pious man or woman mocked by the profane") and Knave-Puritans (the "hypocritical rogue," B.S. Capp, The World of John Taylor the Water-Poet, 1578-1653, p. 138), A Swarm of Sectaries and Schismatics (1641), in Works of John Taylor, The Water Poet, Vol. 4, p. 33:
The ods or difference betwixt the Knaves Puritan, and the Knave
And first of the Knaves Puritan.
HE that resists the world, the flesh, and Fiend,
And makes a conscience how his days he spend
Who hates excessive drinking, Drabs and Dice,
And (in his heart) hath God in highest price;
That lives conformable to Law, and State,
Nor from the Truth will fly or separate:
That will not swear, or couzen, cogge, or lie,
But strives (in Gods fear) how to live and die :
He that seeks thus to do the best he can,
He is the Knaves abused Puritan.
The Knave Puritan.
HE whose best good, is only good to seem,
And seeming holy, gets some false esteem:
Who makes Religion hide Hypocrisy,
And zeal to cover cheating villany;
Whose purity (much like the devils Ape)
Can shift himself into an Angels shape,
And play the Rascal most devoutly trim,
Not caring who sinks, so himself may swim:
He's the Knave Puritan, and only He,
Makes the Knaves Puritan abus'd to be.
For (in this life) each man his lot must take,
Good men must suffer wrong for bad mens' sake.