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NOBODY'S COUNSEL TO CHOOSE A WIFE
A widdow will rule
what to her doth befall: For May dens, &c.
15   Much more I could speake,
but to tell you the troth: To prayse and to disprayse
too much, I am loath: I would not be partiall,
on one side nor other: Did they to their deserue,
I would speake well of tother: My iudgements not blind,
I speake as I find: None will take exceptions,
for speaking my mind. For May dens, &c.
16   I speake not of all Maydes,
that are to be had: Tis pitty mongst thousands,
if all should be bad: Nay some widdowes likewise,
may worse be then they: Both sortes are too wicked,
no man will gaine say: With this I doe end,
hoping none I offend: If I wed, with a widdow
my dayes I will spend. For May dens are wanton,
and oftentimes coy: But Widdowes be wiljull,
and neuer say nay.
Printed at London by AM.
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