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7   Most desperately I stab'd him then,
with this my fatall knife, Which is a warning to Women,
to take their Husbands life: Then out of doores I streight did runne, And sayd that I was quite vndon, oh murther, most inhumane, To spill my Husbands blood.
8    My Husband I did say was slaine,
amongst my Neighbours there, And to my house they straite way came,
being possest with feare; And then they found him on the floore, Starke dead all weltring in his goore, oh murther, most inhumane, To spill my Husbands blood.
9   Life faine I would haue fetcht againe,
but now it was too late, I did repent I him had slaine,
in this my heauie state; The Constable did beare me then Vnto a Iustice with his men: oh murther, &c.
io Then Iustice me to Newgate sent, vntill the Sessions came, For this same foule and bloody fact,
to answere for the same: When at the Barre I did appeare, The Iury found me guiltie there: oh murther1, &c.
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