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NOBODY'S COUNSEL TO CHOOSE A WIFE
Least thinking by that meanes,
some goodnesse to teach her: She larne some new fashion,
and minde not the Preacher: Then when she comes home,
shee'le1 pine, and sheele mone: With sweete heart let me
haue that fashion or none. For maydens, &c.
5   He that's matcht with a widdow,
by that is a winner: Shee'le1 stay and heare Seruice,
and then prouide dinner: Shee is twise in a Saboath,
at Church like a Woman: And not to learne fashions,
as some doe most common: Shee loues to goe plaine,
let who will disdaine: Shee needs must goe so,
that hath had Husbands twain: For Maydens, &c.
6   And if a young Bell[e]2
doe chance for to swell: That man that begot it,
were as good Hue in Hell: For she will be calling
for one thing or other, It may be shee's ioyfull
shee shall be a Mother: Then the man must disburse,
to hire a Nurse, With twenty things more,
which is marryed mens curse. For Maydens, &c.
1 Text Sheel'e.                       2 Torn.
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