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JOHN SPENSER, A CHESHIRE GALLANT
9 Then Spenser was in prison cast
his friends full farre did ly, For frindship in them proued cold,
and none would come him nie. That man being kild, beloued was well
of all men farre and neare, And some did follow Law so farre,
did cost poore Spenser deare.
10   For though he kild him by mischance,
yet Law him so disdaines,1 That for his vnrespected blow,
he there was hangd in Chaines. He that was kild, had many friends,
the other few or none, Therefore the Law, on that side went,
and the other was orethrone.
11    He being dead, two Milkewhite Doues,
did houer ouer his head, And would not leaue that hartlesse place,
after he three howers was dead. Two milke white Butterflies did light,
vpon his Breches there: And stood Confronting peoples sight,
to their amase and feare.
12   Though he was vildly bent in life,
and hangd the Law to quit: Yet he was stolne away by his wife,
and Buryed in the night. His true repentance is exprest,
within the second part: With all his Gilt he hath confest,
when troubled was his heart.
by Thomas Dickerson. 1 Text has a period.
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