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A WARNING FOR WIVES
6   This was about the houre of tenne,
or rather more that night, When this was done, whereof my Pen
in tragicke stile doth write; The maner of's death most strange appeares Being struck ith* neck with a pair of sheeres, Oh women, &c.
7   As many of the neighbours say,
that thereabout doe dwell, This couple had most part oth' day
beene drinking, so they tell, And comming home at night so late, She did renew her former hate. Oh women, &c.
8      AN other woman that was there, she out oth' doores did send, And bad her fetch a Pot of Beere,
oh then drew nere his end, For ere the woman came againe, This wife had her owne husband slaine: Oh women, Murderous women, whereon are your minds?
9   She long had thirsted for his blood,
(euen by her owne confession) And now her promise she made good,
so heauen gaue permission To Satan, who then lent her power And strength to do't that bloody houre. Oh women, &c.
io It seemes that he his head did leane toth' Chimney, which she spide, And straight she tooke, (O bloody queane) her Sisers from her side,
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