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A PROVERB OLD, YET NE'ER FORGOT
Shele nere mistrust thee feare it not,
shele loue thee deere,
then doe not feare, But strike the Iron while tis hott.
9 Maydens loues are coy and fickle, they too much their equalls looke, If of wealth thou hast but little, fye away you1 are mistooke, replyeth she, come not to me: Then art thou daunted soone God wot, then woe an old, feare not, be bold, And strike the Iron while tis hott.
10 And besides thers many Lasses,
dares not marry when they list, Cause her Portion ere she passes must come from her Fathers fist: but still you see a Widowes free, For friend or foe she careth not, then who would misse such time as this, Tis good to strike while the Irons hott.
11 Many Matches haue bene broken,
though both Parties were content, When the Maides good-will is gotten, then her Friends will not consent: would it not vexe a Man, to fixe His mind on whats an others lot? then he thats poore to mend his store, Must strike the Iron while tis hott.
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