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22   And as for Flodders wife, the chiefe herein, And damded leader to this wilfull sinne, Being bigg with child, repriued was therefore, To giue that life, which in her Wombe she bore.
23   But hauing now deliuerance of her Child, All further hopes of life are quite exild.
Yet hope of life, hath made her now confesse, The Townes proceeding dangers and distresse.
24   And how the rest should all haue burned beene, So with a second Fire to waste it cleane:
And how the Husband of the woman dead, Had giuen consent to haue this mischiefe spread.
25   Likewise one Hicks, a fellow of good age, She sayd, his credite and his word did gage, To be a furtherer to this damned deed,
That now hath made a thousand hearts to bleed.
26   But let no such accursed wretch as this,
The course of Law and Iustice looke to misse: But with repentance true prepare for death, As most vnworthy of a minuts breath.
27   And now let Englands Townes both farre & neere With wisedome still preuent like chance, & feare, And weed away from euery place and Cittie, Such idle Drones, you cherish with your pittie.
28   Yet in your hearts let Charitie remaine, And freely giue, to buyld this Towne againe. And in your Prayers desire the Lord of heauen, That bountious guiftes may thereunto be giuen.
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