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NOBODY'S COUNSEL TO CHOOSE A WIFE
Yet he that a Widdow takes,
most may be glad: For Maydens are wanton
and often times coy: But Widdowes be wilfull
and neuer say nay.
2   That man that doth woe a mayd,
must be compeld: To Hue like an honest life
ere she will yeeld: He sometimes must coll her
and often times kisse her, Yet may another gaine,
he may chance misse her: He Hues like a slaue,
must doe what she'le1 haue: He must not deny
whatsoere she doth craue. For Maydens, &c.
3   But take me a Widdow,
who if you doe woe her: Will yeeld with the soonest,
when ere you come to her: She will be as willing,
to yeeld to a man: As he that doth woe her,
make what speede he can: Shee'le2 giue him content,
for what he hath spent: If he that doth woe her,
to true loue be bent. For Maydens, &c.
4   He that a Mayd marries
is caught in the lurch,
He must neuer let her
goe often to Church:
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