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NOBODY'S COUNSEL TO CHOOSE A WIFE
12   A young wife must allwayes,
in house be halfe Master: Or else her tongue gallops,
no Mill-clacke goes faster: If he doe denie her,
a needlesse request: Sheed haue it by some meanes,
or make him a beast: With rascall and slaue,
giue me what I craue: Or else by this light,
thou no quiet shalt haue: For Maydens, &c.
13   A Widdow will alwayes,
looke well to her home: Let him doe his businesse
or let it alone, Sheele buy what is needfull
to serue her owne vse: In words she will neuer
her Husband abuse, Abroad she is kinde,
in bed he shall finde: A woman that striue will,
to pleasure his mind: For Maydens, &c.
14   A young Wife will wauer1
as oft as the winde, An old wife is fixed
naught changeth her mind: A young wife once crost,
continually doth frowne: But crosse once an old wife,
her mind will reforme: A young wife will brawle,
if she rule not all: 1 Text vauer.
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