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Black-letter Broadside Ballads Of The years 1595-1639

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15   His coming by his death, Some Prentises did ayde them, To take the Doctors breath,
No fairemeans could perswad them, each one hath
16   A resolution bent,
To kill the English Deuill, About which, at they went, Though I confesse that euill was their intent.
17   With cudgels and with stones, The followd him with fury,
To bruse and breake his bones: And iust in the old Iury> all at once
18   They beate him to the ground, And meaning to dispatch him, They gaue him many a wound, The Deuill could not watch him,
to keepe him sound.
19   They broke one of his armes, And yet they would not leaue him, But did him further harmes, And still they bad him saue him-
selfe by's charmes.
20   His scull in piteous wise, Was battered and brused, They put out both his eyes, So cursely then they vsed
him, who spyes
21    No rescue from his Spirits, That vsed to attend.
So ill had beene his merits, That few men to defend, shew'd their mights.
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