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A PLEASANT NEW BALLAD
Husband.
13   Come Huswife He teach you to vse your tongue better Or else I will tye it vp with such a fetter;
Shalt cause you to wish you neuer had vsed it, With such ill-be-fitting tearmes and so abusing it.
Wife.
14   Why what haue I said now you take in such dudgeon, Which makes you to grumble so like a Curmudgeon.
Husband.
15   Dame He make you know how that I am your head, And you shall be ready at board, or in bed,
To giue me content, or else be sure of this, Both gowne and lace, horse & Coach all you shall misse.
Wife.
16   Alas Sir, you wrong me, to vse me so ill, In not giuing way to my humour and will: For tis for your credit man, all this I craue, And you are esteemed for my going braue.
Husband.
17   I like no such credit Dame, let them that will, Retaine it and hold it, twill giue them their fill, But as for your selfe Wife, He cause you to know, What duty and seruice to me you doe owe.
Wife.
18   I pray you be quiet, if I haue offended,
Forgiue me my fault Loue, and all shall be mended: And here I doe promise and giue my consent, To doe whatsoeuer may giue you content.
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