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THE CUCKING OF A SCOLD
13   And forty Parrats then, On sundry pearches hie,
Were carried eke before the scould, Most fine and orderly And last of all a mighty wispe Was borne before her face. The perfect token of a Scould Well knowne in euery place. The cucking, &c.
14   Then was the Scould her selfe,1 In a wheele-barrow brought,1 Stripped naked to the smocke, As in that case she ought: Neats tongues about her necke Were hung in open show;
And thus vnto the cucking stoole This famous Scould did goe. The cucking, &c.
15   Then fast within the chaire She was most finely bound, Which made her scold excessiuely, And said she should be drown'd. But euery time that she
Was in the water dipt, The drums & trumpets sounded braue, For ioy the people skipt. The cucking, &c.
16   Six times when she was duckt Within the water cleare,1 That like vnto a drowned Rat, She did in sight appeare. The Iustice thinking then
To send her straight away,
1 Text has a period. 76
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