Abraham Cowley (1618-1667), Essays
5 ("The dangers of an Honest man in much Company"):
Man is to man all kinde of Beasts, a fauning Dog, a roaring
Lion, a thieving Fox, a robbing Wolf, a dissembling Crocodile, a treacherous Decoy, and a rapacious Vulture.
[S]uch is the Original sin of
most Cities: their Actual encrease daily with their Age and
growth; the more people, the more wicked all of them; every
one brings in his part to enflame the contagion, which
becomes at last so universal and so strong, that no Precepts
can be sufficient Preservatives, nor any thing secure our
safety, but flight from among the Infected.