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JOHN SPENSER, A CHESHIRE GALLANT
lohn Spenser could no good thing want, for he could but aske, and haue.
5   In Silkes and Sattins would he goe,
none might with him compare; No fashion might deuised be,
but his should be as faire; When as (God knowes) his wife at home
should pine with hungry griefe, And none would pitty her hard case,
or lend her some reliefe.
6   Whilst hee abroad did flaunt it out
amongst his lustfull Queanes, Poore soule of force she sits at home,
without either helpe or meanes. Thus long he liued basely vild,
contemd of all thats good, Till at the last by hard mischance,
he did shead Giltlesse Blood.
7   One Randall Gam being drunke,
with Spenser out did fall: And he being apt to Quarilling,
would not be rul'd at all. But about the Pledging of a Glasse,
to which he would not yeeld, He vowed he either would be pledg'd
or answered fayre in field.
8   This answer Randall Gam did deny,
which Spencer plainly found, And being rag'd he strucke on1 blow,
feld Randal gam to the ground. Seuen weekes vpon this he lay,
ere life from him did part: And at the last to earth and clay,
his Body did conuert.
1 I.e. one.
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