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THE CUNNING AGE
I long haue desired to talke with you either;
Come, stand not i'th street, let's go trauel somwhither.1
Oh fie on this coozening Age,
Oh fie on this &c. Both to the young Wife,
12   Well, how dost thou like of thy Husband, good Kate? We heare of a certaine th' art marry'd of late
With a wealthy old widdower, to better thy state, Who loues thee as deare as the Turtle his mate:
That's rare in this coozening Age,
That's rare &c. Tong Wife.
13   Oh woe is me, Cousin, that euer 'twas done, A beggarly slaue my affection hath wonne; He brag'd of his riches, whereof he had none, But fiue little Children, foure Girles, and a Sonne,
Oh fie on this coozening2 Age, Oh fie on this &c.
14   When he came a wooing, he borrow'd a Cloake, And Rings to his fingers, my loue to prouoke; The diuell a word of his Children he spoke, But now we are marry'd, I find that hee's broke,
Oh fie on this coozening Age, Oh fie on this &c.
15   Besides, hee's so ielous, that if I but looke
On any Yong-man, hee'l be sworne on a booke, That I make him Cuckold by hooke or by crooke; This doting suspition no woman can brooke.
Oh fie on this doting Age, &c. Mar. Worn.
16   It seemes then, good Kate, we are both alike sped. Ill fortune had we, with such Husbands to wed: For if all be true that heere thou hast sed,
I would either we, or our Husbands were dead. Oh fie on this coozening Age, Oh fie on this coozening Age. 1 No period in the text.            2 Text coozennig.
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