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DAMNABLE PRACTISES
1    And to attend in pretty formes,
of Dog, of Cat, or Rat, To which they freely gaue consent,
and much reioyc't thereat: And as it seemd they sould their soules,
for seruice of such Spirits, And sealing it with drops of blood,
damnation so inherits.
2   These Women thus being Diuels growne
most cunning in their Arts: WTith charmes and with inchanting spells
they plaid most damned parts: They did forespeake, and Cattle kild,
that neighbours could not thriue, And oftentimes their Children young,
of life they would depriue.
3   At length the Countesse and her Lord,
to fits of sicknesse grew: The which they deemd the hand of God,
and their corrections due: Which crosses patiently they bore,
misdoubting no such deeds, As from these wicked Witches heere,
malitiously proceeds.
4   Yet so their mallice more increast,
that mischiefe set in foote, To blast the branches of that house,
and vndermine the roote: Their eldest sonne Henry Lord Rosse,
possest with sicknesse strange, Did lingring, lye tormented long,
till death his life did change.
5   Their second sonne Lord Francis next,
felt like continuing woe:
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