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TEN SHILLINGS FOR A KISS
14   I doe not condem all of your kind,
But such that beare a froward faithles minde: The good I doe protest, I loue with my heart, And with the euill I, will not take part.
15   Wee men are constant and Women to blame To be vnconstant, to their loues a shame:
Yet tell them of their faults, they still will reply, They will haue their wills,1 yet know not why.
16   I would all Maides were of thy minde, Then should we Men to woemen be kinde: And in loue and Amitie agree,
More sweter then2 the hunny that comes from the Bee.
17   Many examples I could procure, Shewing men constant in their loue:
Which thou shalt finde in mee I tell thee plaine, Come kisse me gentle Sweeting O Kisse againe.
18   There dwels a Mayd in our Towne greene, With whome many Louers, I haue seene: Yet shee's so coy, God wot she will haue none, But lead a single life all alone.
19   But how it falles I doe not know,
A Ballet they say, now doth it show:
That sighing and protesting, she makes her mone,
She can nor will no longer lye alone.
20   An other lately as I heare,
That vow'd to Hue a Mayden forty yeere: Fiue shillings for a Husband now doth cry, If that she be not holpen, alack shee'l die.
21    Come3 Ginny come an other cryes, With the trickling teares in her eyes: My Mayden head alacke it troubles me,
Ginny Ginny I, may say to thee.
1  Text wiles.           2 Text uhen.           3 Text Cowe.
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