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DAMNABLE PRACTISES
And how that neighbours in her lookes,
malitious signes did see: And some affirm'd she dealt with Sprits,
and so a Witch might be.
7   And that her Sister Phillip was
well knowne a Strumpet lewd, And how she had a young mans loue,
bewitched and subdued, Which made the young man often say,
he had no power to leaue Her curst inticing company,
that did him so deceaue.
8   When to the Earle and Countesse thus,
these iust complaints were made, Their hearts began to breed dislike,
and greatly grew affraid: Commanding that she neuer should,
returne vnto their sight, Nor back into the Castle come,
but be excluded quite.
9   Whereat the old malitious feend,
with these her darlings thought: The Earle and Countesse them disgrac't,
and their discredits wrought: In turning thus despightfully,
her daughter out of dores, For which reuengement in her mind
she many a mischiefe stores.
io Heereat the Diuell made entraunce in,
his Kingdome to inlarge. And puts his executing wrath,
vnto these womens charge: Not caring whom it lighted on,
the Innocent or no, And offered them his diligence,
to flye, to run, and goe.
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