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A WONDER IN KENT
5   After that he had eate this Hogge, I doe not meane to lye nor cogge, Three pecks of Damsons he did eat, For to digest his Swinish meat,
Another time beside,
he being tride: seuen dozen of Rabbets he destroy'd,
likewise he tooke in hand,
to eat a Fleath of Brawne as soone as from the Bore twas drawne.1
6   At Sir William Sidleyes house he eat, As men of credit doe repeat,
As much as thorowly would suffice, Full thirty men, Oh gurmundize, but then vnto the fire, he did retire, and for some grease he did desire, thinking his belly he would breake immediately vnlesse he had speedy remedy.1
7   A quarter of a good fat Lambe, And threescore Egges he ouercame, And eighteene yards of blacke pudding, And a raw Ducke all but Bill and Wing,
and after he had din'd,
as I doe find, he longed for Cherries y* brauely shined;2
the threescore pound they brought,
which he consumed to nought, a thing vnpossible me thought.1
8    His mighty paunch doth harbour all, Sheepe, Hoggs or Calues, tis like a stall, A Parke it is likewise for Deare,
1 Text has a comma.            2 No punctuation in the text.
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