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A PROVERB OLD, YET NE'ER FORGOT
Want of meanes will make them vary, as we often times doe prooue,
how ere they fare,
they must take care To kepe their Children when they are got:
of this take hede,
and learne with speed To strike the Iron while tis hott.
6   Let not such a time oreslip thee,
rayse thy fortunes while thou mayst, Maydens can but coll and clip thee, so will Widowes when they tast a Young mans loue, most kind theyle prooue, The youngest best that can be got, sith this is so, then be not slow, But strike the Iron while tis hott.
7      AL1 waies take this for a maxime, that old Widowes loue young men, Oh then doe not spare for asking,
though she's old, shele toot agen:
she scornes to take
for Ritches sake. Thy Money she regardeth not,
with loue her winne,
together ioyne, And strike the Iron while tis hott.
8    Some perhaps may make obiection
that Old-women ielous are, Let not that change thy affection, though they be doe thou not care
if thou be true,
and give her due,
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