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A PROVERB OLD, YET NE'ER FORGOT
2   Wealthy Widowes now are plenty,
where you come in any place, For one Man thers Women twenty, this time lasts but for a space: She1 will be wrought, though it be for nought, But wealth which their first Husband got, let Young-men poore make hast therefore, Tis good to strike while the Irons hott.2
3   Now is the Wooing time or neuer,
Widowes now will loue Young-men, Death them from their Mates did seuer, now they long to match agen, they will not stand for House or Land, Although thou be'st not worth a groat, set foorth thy selfe, thou shalt haue Pelfe, If thou wilt strike while the Irons hott.
4   Doe not dote on Maydens features,
Widowes are the only ware, It is many Young-mens natures to loue Maydens young and fayre, tis Cupids wile thus to beguile Young Louers, therefore trust him not, get one with Gold, though nere so old, Tis good to strike while the Irons hott.
5   Lads and Lasses often marry,
ritch in nothing but in Loue,
1 Read They.            2 Text has a comma.
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