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A HE-DEVIL
10   Though such a portion I did bring,
as before is said, Yet I doe euery droyling thing,
heele let me keepe no Maide. I wash and scowre,
yet (if you will beleeue me) I seldome Hue a quiet houre.
iudge whether this doth grieue me.
11    If any neighbour me inuite,
to gossipping, or feasting, I dare not goe (is not this a spight)
for feare of his molesting. I forth to supper went one night,
but that may be my warning, Heele not indure me out on's sight,
he is so afraid of horning.
12   How can it chuse but griefe me still,
to see some of my neighbours, That money haue to spend at will
out of their husbands labours, And I that to my portion brought
two hundred pounds in money, Dare neuer doe, as women ought,
nor hardly spend a penny.
13    If any time he money lacke
and I cannot supply him, Heel pawn my garments from my back,
and I dare not deny him, Tother day he tooke my smocke,
and pawn'd it for a shilling, I came, and found him at the Cocke,
iust when the drinke was filling.
14   All you Maidens faire,
that haue a mind to wed,
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