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THE UNNATURAL WIFE
To the tune of Bragandary.
i IF woefull obiects may excite, the minde to ruth and pittie, Then here is one will thee affright
in Westminsters faire Citie: A strange inhumane Murther there, To God, and Man as doth appeare: oh murther, most inhumane, To spill my Husbands blood.
2   But God that rules the host of Heauen,
did giue me ore to sinne, And to vild wrath my minde was giuen,
which long I liued in; But now too late I doe repent, And for the same my heart doth rent2: oh murther, most inhumane, To spill my Husbands blood.
3   Let all curst Wiues by me take heed,
how they doe, doe the like, Cause not thy Husband for to bleed, nor lift thy hand to strike:
1 Ix. Tothill Street.            2 The n is upside down in the text.
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