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Especially about the City,
They haue such sport and pastime pretty:
But this excels all, sure I am,
I meane the rosting of the Ramme.
3    [The Ram\me was for this purpose fed, [Was cooked] whole both feet and head: [Head an]d homes and all to boot, [And now herje all that would come too't. [Come John,~\ come George, come William^
[So precioujs is the rosted Ramme.
4   [And many a man there] thither came, [Swearing he would] his wife rule and tame: [And that he s]hould eate vp the spit,
[His wife also] should taste a bit. [But all be]held most sure I am
[That nothing was ea]ten of the Ramme.
5   He lay so long o'th Spit He tell yee,
Till most o'th puddings dropt out of's belly, And scarce a man durst draw his knife, For feare he should displease his wife: Many excus'd it with a flam,
and few or none durst touch the Ram.
6   At last came in a good fellow o'th Towne, And swore it should cost him a Crowne, But he would haue a slash at th' Tuppe, This was before his wife was vp:
Had she bin there, halfe sure I am, he had not tasted of the Ram.
7    Many were halfe resolued to enter, Yet on the Ram they durst not venter, For feare their wiues ere they had dinde Would fetch them home with words vnkind: Franke would fain, & so would Sam,
yet neither of them durst taste the Ram.
1 No comma in the text. 329
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