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A BANQUET FOR SOVEREIGN HUSBANDS
8   This being perceiued by mine Host, Who fear'd this proiect would be crost, Hee had it cut off bit by bit,
And sold for money from off the spit: On these conditions many came to buy for money some o'th Ram.
9   NOw if this Ramme had beene a Bull, 1 l And all his belly with pudding full, If none but ruling women might Haue come, it had bin swallowd quite In the forenoone, for sure I am
they best deseru'd to eate the Ram. io But now to make my story short,
This Ram all day did cause good sport, As Moris-dancing, and such toyes, That draw together Girles and Boyes. And many a groat and tester came
to th'1 Host, for tasting of the Ram.
11    The Master Cooke that Iouiall blade, All day good mirth and pastime made: Though first a Tapster, next a Groome, He for that day supplyde the roome Of th' Cooke, and he with many a flam
got money for the rosted Ram.
12   One man among the rest was there, Who meant to tast of this good cheare, But he was glad his share to hide, For's wife came in and began to chide,
She sware he should dine with the deuil & 's Dam before he should eate a bit o'th Ram.
13   This poore mans credit being crackt, Alack for woe the market slackt, For all the women did consent,
To make her tongue their president: 1 Texthh..
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