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A BANQUET FOR SOVEREIGN HUSBANDS
And many a one to hinder came
their husbands from the taste o th Ram.
14   One sort of wiues were not so bold, In such a meeting place to scold:
Yet 'cause their husbands shall not eate, On purpose they dispraise the meate. But I eate some, and sure I am,
no Venson's sweeter then was that Ram.
15   Though ruling husbands few did taste, The Ramme was eaten vp at last: They shau'd him barely to the bones, Nay some did cut his very stones: Who did the same not sure I am:
who euer he was he well lou'd Ram.
16   Some eate the rumpe, and some the feet, Not asking whether the meate was sweet, The head and homes I .cannot tell, Unto whose share by right they fel,
But he that hath a wanton wife,
might keepe them still to whet his knife.
17   Thus vnto you I haue exprest, The manner of this mery feast: He that is horned like a beast, Perhaps is angry at this lest, But each good fellow sure I am,
will buy this Ballad of the Ram.
18    If here be any scolding wiues,
I wish them if they loue their Hues, In any case not buy this song, Which doth to gentle wiues belong: Thus from the Author told I am, who made this ditty of the Ram.
Printed for Francis Coules.
M.P.
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