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THE ARRAIGNMENT OF JOHN FLODDER
15   And so with hearts bespotted with blacke shame, They were araigned, and iudged for the same, To suffer death, a recompence to make,
For this offence, they thus did vndertake.
16     A Nd when their day of death drew neere at hand, A According to the Judges iust commaund, Before ten thousand peoples wondring eyes, This Flodder like a damned monster dyes,
17   A selfe-wild Papist, of a stubborne heart,
That would but small submission from him part: But boldly died as though he had done well, And not been guiltie of the fact of Hell.
18   His hated body still on Earth remaines,
(A shame vnto his kin) hangd vp in Chaines:
And must at all no other Buriall haue,
But Crowes & Rauens mawes to make his graue.1
19   But Bicks his wife in signe of penitence, With weeping teares bewayled her offence: And at her death, confest with grieued minde, This deed beyond the reach of Woman-kind.
20   And how most leawdly she had liued long, A shamefull life, in doing deeds of wrong: And trode the steps of Whoredome day by day, Accounting sinne and shame, the better way.
21    And how that shee, was will'd to put her hope At last, to haue a Pardone from the Pope
For all her sinnes: for which, she did repent, And sayd, no Pope, but Christ was her content.
1 No period in the text.
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