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Her pretty babes which at her breasts
did sweetly sucking lye To see their mothers bitter moane
did sadly sob and crye.
11    Whereat, halfe kild with woe alas,
I wish my wrongs (quoth she) That these my babes may be reueng'd
proud Lady, vpon thee: And as I am both true and iust
vnto my marriage bed so let Gods wondrous works be shown
on thee when I am dead.
12   And for these children two of mine
heauen send thee such a number At once, as dayes be in the yeare,
to make the world to wonder. For I as true a wife haue beene,
vnto my husbands loue: As any Lady on the earth,
vnto her Lord can proue.
13   Hereat relenting I began,
to mourne for this misdeed: And houre by houre in griefe thereof,
my sorrowing hart doth bleed.2 At last a heauie hand of heauen,
reuengd this womans woes: And on my bodies pampred pride,
a fearefull Iudgement shoes.
14   My cheekes that were so louely red,
of natures choycest dye: Grew blacke and vgly to behould, to euery weeping eye.
1 Text show.                   2 No period in the text.
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