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Which when they did behold with griefe, it did them much affright.
9 Then hands vpon me there was lay'd,
And I to Prison sent, Where as I lay perplext in woe,
and did that deede repent, When Sizes came I was arraign'd,
by Iury iust and true, I was found guilty of the fact,
for which I haue my due.
10   The Iury hauing cast me then,
to iudgment then I came, Which was a terrour to my heart,
and to my friends a shame, To thinke vpon my husbands death,
and of my wretched life, Betwixt my Spirit and my flesh,
did cause a cruell strife.
11    But then the ludge me sentence gaue
to goe from whence I came, From thence, vnto a stake be bound
to burne in hers flame, Untill my flesh and bones consum'd,
to ashes in that place, Which was a heauie sentence then,
to on1 so uoyd of grace.
12   And on the twelfth of Iuly now,
I on a sledge was laid, To Smithfield with a guard of men
I streight way was conueyd, Where I was tyed to a stake,
with Reedes was round beset, And Fagots2, Pitch, and other things
which they for me did get.
1 I.e. one.                      2 Text Fagtos.
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