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JOHN SPENSER, A CHESHIRE GALLANT
13     KInd Toungmen all to mee giue eare, obserue these lessons well;
For vndeserued my death I tooke,
and sad is the tale I tell. I prison d pent, I lie full fast,
sure Heauen hath decreed: That though I thriued, yet at last,
bad fortunes should proceed.
14   I that for practise passed all,
in exercises strong, Haue heere for one offence but small,
been pent in Prison long. Kind Countrymen faire warning take,
beeing bad, amend your Hues, For sure Heauen will them forsake,
that doe forsake their wiues.
15/ haue a wife, a louing wife,
a constant, and a kind; Tet proud of gifts, I turnd my life,
and f alee she did me find: Heauen shewed his part in making me,
proper in limbes and face, Yet of it I no true vse made,
but reapt thereby disgrace.
16 For being proud in dancings art,
most womens loues I gaynd: By them a long time was my life
in gallant sort maintaynd: No Mayden young, about the towne,
but ioyfull was to see The face of Spenser, and would spend,
all for to daunce with mee.
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