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THE LAMENTING LADY
2 But barren grew my wished hopes,
no children I could haue, Which twixt my wedded Lord and me
much cause of sorrowes gaue: My tender body pure and faire,
and of a princely frame Could not abstaine these sugred ioyes
that came by Cupids game.
3 Yet beggers borne of low degree
such blessings did possesse, Which when I saw my heart grew full
of woes and heauinesse: O why should people poore (quoth I)
those happy ioyes obtaine When I that am a Lady braue
should barren thus remaine?
4 I feed on sweet delicious meates,
and drinke of purest wine, Yet are there homely bodies still
as faire and cleere as mine, and haue more sweetfac'd smiling babes
then Ladies of degree, And of as tender flesh and bloud
as can be shewed by me.
5 In griefe of heart complaining thus,
by chance a woman poore With two sweet children in her armes
came begging to my doore: Poore pretty babes they smiled sweete,
whereat I needs must know If those two smiling children were
the womans owne or no?
6 They are (sweet Madam) both (said she)
and both borne at one birth, The which are now my chiefest wealth and blessings on the earth: