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NOBODY'S COUNSEL TO CHOOSE A WIFE
7   He that deales with a Widdow,
hath these at command: He takes a commodity
broke to his hand, He neede not stand carking,
for linnen nor Cradle: If he bestow getting,
to keepe it shees able: She seldome will pray,
her Husband to pay: If he bestow night worke,
then sheele bestow day. For Maydens are wanton
and often times coy: But Widdowes be wilfully
and neuer say nay.
8      A Younge Wife must haue gossips, were nere had before
She scornes to haue any
are iudgd to be poore: Great Banquets sheele make them,
no cost shall be spard: Her poore husbands purse
shee doth neuer regard, With pray be not sad,
tis the first that I had: My Husband and I,
haue cause to be glad. For Maydens are wanton,
and often times coy: But widdowes be wilfully
and neuer say nay.
9   A widdow to saue all
these charges will shift. 1 Text has a period.
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