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DAMNABLE PRACTISES
Who gaue it to her mothers hand consuming spels to make.
The which she prickt all full of holes, and layd it deepe in ground:
Whereas it rotted, so should he, be quite away consum'd.
20   All which her elder sister did,
acknowledge to be true: And how that she in boyling blood,
did oft the same imbrew, And hereupon the yong Lord Rosse,
such torments did abide: That strangely he consum'd away,
vntill the houre he died.
21    And likewise she confest how they,
together all agreed: Against the children of this Earle,
to practise and proceed. Not leauing them a child aliue,
and neuer to haue more: If witchcraft so could doe, because,
they turnd them out of dore.
22   The mother as the daughters told,
could hardly this deny: For which they were attached all,
by Justice speedily. And vnto Lincolne Citty borne,
therein to lye in Iayle: Vntill the Iudging Sizes came,
that death might be their bayle.
23   But there this hatefull mother witch,
these speeches did recall: And said that in Lord Rosses death, she had no hand at all.
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