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THE CUCKING OF A SCOLD
9 And first of all behold, He clapt her in the Cage, Thinking thereby her deuillish tongue, He would full well asswage. But now worse then before, She did to brawling fall. The Constable and all the rest She vildly did miscall. The cucking, &c.
10 Thus night and day she sent Such brawling from her brest, That ner a neighbour in the towne Could take one houres rest. Which when the Iustice knew, This Iudgement than gaue he, That she vpon a cucking stoole Should iustly punisht be.
The clicking, &c.
11 Vpon three market dayes, This penance she should bide, And euery thing fit for the same,1 The Officers did prouide:
An hundred Archers good, Did first before her goe, A hundred and fiue nimble shot Went next vnto the Roe. The cucking &c.
12 An hundred armed men Did also follow there:
The which did guard the gallant Scould With piercing Pikes and Speare: And trumpets2 sounding sweet. In order with them comes A company most orderly, With pleasant Phifes and Drums. The cucking) &c. 1 Text has a period. 2 Text trumptes.