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THE FATHER HATH BEGUILED THE SON
With hearty content,
reioycing at his courses bad,
And thus the next day,
He carryed away
the Lasse which with wealth he had won.1
He maried was,
Twelue miles from the place,
thus the father beguiVd his own sonne.
14   The young-man with griefe, Heard of this mischiefe
and blaming this monstrous part, Before both their faces, Unto their disgraces,
he stab'd himselfe to the heart: The vnnaturall dad, Ran presently mad:
repenting of what he had done, He runs vp and downe, From towne vnto towne,
and hourely calles on his sonne.
15   The faithlesse young wife, Weary of her life,
(to thinke what folly befell) Ran straight in all hast, And headlong shee cast
herselfe in a deepe draw-well. And there shee was found, Next morning quite drown'd
these things for certaine were done, Some sixe weekes agoe, As many men know,
that knew both father and sonne.
16   Let euery good2 father A warning here gather,
by this old mans punishment:
1 No period in the text.                                  2 Text god.
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