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THE WIVING AGE
i o Yet some of these widowes that marry so fast, I doubt will haue cause to repent of their haste: If they marry yong men their shoulders to bast, Oh then they will whine when the remedy is past,
And curse such a wiuing age.
And curse, &c.
11    Likewise many yongmen perhaps may repent, When all the old Angels are wasted and spent, Theyle wish the tongue out, that gaue first consent, Theyle say then I muse what a deuill I meant
To match in that wiuing age. To match in that wiuing age.
12   A young man that marries a widow for wealth, Does euen much dammage vnto his soules health, For he will be toying and playing by stealth, Shee's iealous though neuer so iustly he dealth.
Take heed of this wiuing age. Take heed, &c.
13   When young Lads and Lasses as them doth behoue, Doe lawfully marry together in loue,
God poures downe his blessings on them from aboue, But youth and old dotage contrary doe proue,
As tis in this wiuing age.
As tis, &c.
14   It may be accounted a wonder to see
An old crasse croane with a young man agree:
Tis onely for wealth that they married be,
Then take them who list, a young maid is for me.
Oh this is a wiuing age,
Oh this is a wiuing age.
15   Then let no yong maidens be displeased in minde, Though widowes are maried, and they left behinde: Those yong men who are thus contrary to kinde, You were better lose, then euer to finde,
Leaue them to this wiuing age. Leaue them, &c.
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