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A WARNING FOR WIVES
And hit him therewith such a stroake
Ith necke, that (some thinke) he nere spoke.
Oh women, &c.
11    She hauing done that monstrous part,
(woe worth her for her labour) No power had from thence to start,
but went vnto a neighbour, And told him, that she verily thought, that she her husbands death had wrought. Oh women, &c.
12   The man amaz'd to heare the same,
caught hold of her, and said, He know the truth, and how this came,
if such a part be plaid, No sooner had he said the same, But neighbours did her fact proclaime. Oh women &c.
13   Then to New Prison was she sent,
because it was so late, And vpon the next day she went
(through Smithfield)1 to Newgate, Where she did lye vntill the Session, To answer for her foule transgression. Oh women, &c.
14   Where she condemned was by Law,
in Clarkenwell to be burned, Unto which place they did her draw,
where she to ashes turned, A death, though cruell, yet too milde For one that hath a heart so vilde. Oh women, &c.
1 Text (through Swithfield). 303
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